The Role of Community Leaders in Bullying Prevention
It’s not just the role of the police officer, school counselor, teacher, mom or dad. It’s all of us working together to make our schools and our communities safer and comfortable places for the kids to be.
Constable Julie Chanin, RCMP Officer
The WITS Programs bring together schools, families and communities to create responsive environments that help elementary school children deal with bullying and victimization. WITS has two components:
Community leaders — including emergency services personnel (e.g. police officers, firefighters, paramedics), university or high school athletes, elders and other community role models interested in preventing peer victimization — play an important role in the WITS Programs.These community leaders launch the WITS Primary Program with a Swearing-In Ceremony where students are deputized as WITS Special Constables. They also launch the WITS LEADerS Program with the Tug-of-Help skit. In addition, these community leaders make follow-up classroom visits throughout the year to see how the new Special Constables are doing with their WITS.
Some Indigenous communities have adapted this ceremony to make it a WITS WELCOMING CEREMONY for the whole community. They invited parents, first responders, elders and all the children. Everyone took the pledge to use their WITS to prevent victimization and bullying and to keep their schools and community safe!
THE WITS PLEDGE
“I promise to use my WITS, to walk away, ignore, talk it out
and seek help
when I’m dealing with teasing
I promise to also help other kids
use their WITS to keep
my school and my community
a safe and fun place to be
Get Started with WITS
A 10-step guide for on implementing the WITS Programs in your community
A 60-minute online training module for community leaders