Anti-bullying awareness

Youth is one of the RCMP’s five strategic priorities. It is our objective to reduce youth involvement in crime, both as victims and offenders, as well as to focus on risk factors such as bullying. The RCMP in "E" Division, through its National Youth Officer Program, provides services to approximately 1,600 schools in British Columbia. Bullying probably ranks second, behind substance abuse, for youth issues identified as concerns by our detachments.

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The RCMP has school resource officers who are continually promoting how youth can protect themselves against bullying. These are some of the messages they share with youth, schools and parents:

Safety tips:

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is when a child or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. (Source: 

Cyberbullying is a serious offence and can include criminal charges - understand the laws concerning the use of the Internet in a negative way.

Internet safety

Bullying myths

Bullying myths and truths 

Myth: If I tell someone it will just make it worse.
Truth: Research shows bullying stops when adults and peers get involved.

Myth: Just hit them back!
Truth: When a person responds violently to bullying it is often prolonged and more severe.

Myth: Bullying only happens at schools.
Truth: Bullying can happen anywhere we live, play, learn or work. It is a broader social problem.

Myth: Bullies are born bullies.
Truth: Bullying is a learned behaviour. A behaviour which can be changed.

Myth: It's not a big problem.
Truth: 75% of people report their lives have been affected by bullying.

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