“Sphere of Influence” Workshop



A bullying incident takes place in the school gym during class. One student beans another in the face with a basketball. The class laughs at what happened and the bully makes fun of the target. The target, Gerald has his glasses knocked off, and is slightly hurt. He loses his temper, and starts swearing and screaming at the bully. The principal gets involved, and because of the aggression and language by Gerald, he suspends the boy for a few days.

That night the bully gets on Facebook, and posts comments about how it was so great that “Gerald” got hit in the face with a basketball. Many students “Like” this, and post nasty comments about the victim. The following morning Gerald’s mother is in the principal’s office demanding he do an investigation.

What do you do? Do you investigate, or do you tell her that it has nothing to do with the school since the cyberbullying took place off-campus and off hours? Is the principal right? Are you 100% sure? Here’s what the courts have said about such incidents. Could you, your school, the board or the district be sued for doing nothing?

Learning Objective:

1) What constitutes cyberbullying? What’s the definition, and the consequences?

2) Why is this generation referred to as the “NET GENERATION”?

3) What are the 3 Dilemmas that schools face concerning cyberbullying?

4) What are an educator’s authority and responsibility when it comes to cyberbullying?

5) Define “STANDARD OF CARE” and what does “NEXUS” refer to, and why should you care?

6) What has the Supreme Court of Canada said in regards to a safe and secure institution?

7) Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom address our Freedom of Expression. What does it say?

8) What are the criminal and civil aspects of cyberbullying?

9) How do you properly investigate a bullying incident? What questions should you ask?

10) Canadian court cases involving school lawsuits

11) 15 guidelines you can employ to reduce cyberbullying