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Prince Edward Island

The law on bullying and your rights and responsibilities

For Educators

How does the province of Prince Edward Island define bullying? Is there formal legislation in place that dicates how schools, both public and private, should protect students from bullying and promote bullying prevention?

Educators are responsible for helping nurture and develop the social and emotional skills students need to engage in healthy relationships, and to teach students that bullying is wrong and unacceptable. In order to do this, there are certain responsibilities and expectations educators must fulfill, both in the classroom and at the ministry level.

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For Parents

How does the law in Prince Edward Island address bullying and how does it work to protect students, whether the bullying is on or off school property, face-to-face or electronic?

Parents are responsible for working with the adults in their child's life to teach children and youth that bullying is wrong and unacceptable. Schools, school boards, parents, teachers and ministries must work together to create safe and inclusive environments where everyone is treated with respect. As part of this collaborative effort to create a safe school environment, parents have certain rights under the current legislation. Parents of a child who has been victimized by bullying, or who has bullied, have various rights that apply in the classroom, at the school board level and at the ministry level.

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