What is WASP???

     

    It is an expectation that all students will complete their assignments properly and when assigned. Students who do not fulfill these expectations may be assigned to WASP afterschool by their respective teachers. During this time, students can receive extra help and will be given the opportunity to complete the work in a quiet supervised area. Failure to attend WASP as assigned will be dealt with using the School Behaviour Plan. Students can sign themselves into WASP afterschool for extra help and are encouraged to do so.

     

Working Afterschool Program (WASP)

 

How can I make sure my child is safe while using the internet?

Some Parent Internet Safety Tips:

1. Parents and guardians are encouraged to create an Internet Acceptable Use Policy and sign an agreement with their children about Internet use. Bullying.org Canada has examples of such contracts. It should be made clear that internet access is not a right; it is a privilege to be earned and honoured.

2. Keep the computer in an open, common area.

3. Inform your Internet service provider or cellphone service provider of any abuses.

4. Do not erase negative messages. Keep them if needed for future evidence.

5. Install filter software. Help is available from McAfee Parental Controls filter for both IM and chatrooms. Remember, no internet filters can only go so far. The only truly effective filter is awareness on the part of both parents and children.

 

Some Student Internet Safety Tips

1. Never arrange to meet someone you have met online unless your parents go with you. If you are meeting someone that you met online, make sure it is in a public place.

2. Never divulge personal information. This includes your name, names of friends and/or family, their addresses, phone numbers, school names (or team names if students play sports). Personal information also includes photographs and email addresses.

3. Don’t believe everything you read. Just because someone online tells you they are a certain age doesn’t mean it is true.

4. Use Netiquette (Internet Etiquette). Be polite to others online just as you would offline. If someone treats you rudely or meanly, do not respond.

5. Never send a message when angry. Wait until you have calmed down and had time to think before sending a message. Once you’ve sent a negative message, it is difficult to undo the damage.

6. Never open a message from someone you don’t know.

7. Use your judgement. If it doesn’t look or feel right, then it probably isn’t. You need to trust your instincts.

8. Get offline. On occasion, turn off, disconnect and unplug. Give yourself a break and spend time with your siblings and parents. Rather than virtual reality, why not try more actual reality?

 

 

What can we do about bullying?

Bullying is a conscious, willful, deliberate and repeated hostile activity marked by an imbalance of power, intent to harm, and/or a threat of aggression.

Bullying occurs whenever there is:
-repeated and consistent negative action against another
-an imbalance of power (physically, verbally or socially) between the child who bullies and the target
-contrasting feeling between the child who bullies and the target as a result of the bullying episode (the child who bullies may feel excited, powerful or amused while the target feels afraid, embarrassed or hurt).

Bullying can take different forms including:

Verbal: taunts, namecalling, put downs, threat
Social: exclusion from peer group, ganging up or group teasing
Physical: assault, pushing, tripping, mobbing
Cyber: using the computer or other technology to harass or threaten

Things you can do if you are being bullied:

Stay Calm - bullies love a reaction
Steer Clear - avoid the bully
Don’t Fight Back - you may get hurt or may escalate the situation
Avoid Vulnerable Situations - walk in groups, don’t be alone in hallways etc
Stay in Site of Teachers - bullies don’t like an audience who can stop them
Don’t Get Mad - use humor
Think of Things to Say Ahead of Time - roleplay
Project Confidence
Don’t be Afraid to Tell People You Trust - adults can help
Never Give Out Personal Information Online
Don’t Reply to Messages from Cyberbullies
Don’t Erase or Delete Messages from Cyberbullies - it is evidence

Bullying incidents are always about issues of power and control and can be direct/overt or indirect/covert

Bullying Awareness websites:

www.nobully.org
www.bullybeware.com
www.bullying.org
www.cyberbullying.ca
www.easingtheteasing.com
www.humanservices.alberta.ca/abuse-bullying/bullying-get-help.html
www.teasingvictims.com
www.bullyfreealberta.ca
www.teamheroes.ca
www.b-free.ca
safeandcaring.ca/ - Safe and caring Schools