Welcome to the Hamilton Coalition for Bullying Prevention and Intervention

The Hamilton Coalition for Bullying Prevention and Intervention is an alliance of community organizations working with children and youth. The primary aim of the Coalition is to promote, support and develop a community strategy for bullying prevention and intervention that builds on the strengths of existing programs and services in Hamilton.

Definition of Bullying

The Coalition has adopted the Ontario Ministry of Education definition of bullying:

“Bullying” means aggressive and typically repeated behaviour by a pupil where,

(a) the behaviour is intended by the pupil to have the effect of, or the pupil ought to know that the behaviour would be likely to have the effect of,

(i) causing harm, fear or distress to another individual, including physical, psychological, social or academic harm, harm to the individual’s reputation or harm to the  individual’s property, or

(ii) creating a negative environment at a school for another individual, and

(b) the behaviour occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the pupil and the individual based on factors such as size, strength, age, intelligence, peer group power, economic status, social status, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, family circumstances, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, disability or the receipt of special education.

For the purposes of the definition, “bullying” behaviour includes the use of any physical, verbal, electronic, written or other means.

Students who bully are learning to use power and aggression to control and distress others. Students use power in many ways:

  • size, strength, intelligence, age social status
  • economic status
  • knowledge of another person’s vulnerability
  • membership in a dominant group

Students who are victimized become increasingly powerless and find themselves trapped in relationships in which they are being abused.

Learn helpful tips and information about community resources prepared for and by Youth and Parents:

It's Cool to Care (.pdf, 70kb)   • Resources for Parents (.pdf, 95kb)

For Immediate Assistance:

Call 1-800-668-6868 to speak to a counsellor or ask your question online at www.kidshelpphone.ca

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Last updated: September 2011


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