Canadian Teachers' Federation adopts action plan to counter cyberbullying



    OTTAWA, Nov. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - (CTF News Service) The Canadian Teachers'
Federation (CTF) adopted an action plan last night to address the many
challenges presented by cyberbullying within the context of schools and the
professional lives of teachers.
    According to CTF President Emily Noble, the action plan is just one piece
of the overall strategy being mapped out by a National Work Group established
last July at the CTF Annual General Meeting.
    The Work Group, consisting of representatives of CTF Member
organizations, researchers in education as well as education experts in
communications technology, looked at issues related to the creation of new
technologies and their effect on teaching and learning environment.
    "Bullying is bullying, whether it's done online by the latest technology
or whether it's done in person - and it is unacceptable, says Noble. We want
our schools to be safe and secure places for learning."
    "CTF will be collaborating with teacher, parent, law enforcement
agencies, policy-makers and legislators to find solutions and support that
will allow teachers to teach and students to learn, in an environment safe
from any bullying, including the emerging "cyberbullying," further explains
Noble.

    Here are other activities:

    
    - Development and dissemination of a national policy on cyberconduct in
      cooperation with CTF Member organizations;
    - Joint initiatives with key education partners;
    - Web resources, publications and articles for teachers, parents and
      students;
    - Lobbying efforts for legislative protection against cyberbullying at
      the federal level;
    - Work in cooperation with other teacher organizations around the world,
      under the umbrella of Education International.
    

    The CTF Board of Directors is meeting Monday and Tuesday in Ottawa to
discuss this issue along with others related to the Federation's activities.

    CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on
education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member
organizations in every province and territory in Canada as well as an
Affiliate Member in Ontario. CTF (www.ctf-fce.ca) is also a member of the
international body of teachers, Education International (www.ei-ie.org).




For further information:

For further information: Francine Filion, Director of Communications,
(613) 688-4314, cell (613) 899-4247; Comments: Emily Noble, CTF President,
(613) 232-1505


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