Don’t push me around! Limiting the causes and consequences of bullying

Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6 p.m.
Gladstone Hotel

1214 Queen St. W., Toronto
RSVP: cafescientifique@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

Bullying doesn’t just happen in the schoolyard - and it isn’t a harmless part of growing up. People have been known to emotionally or physically hurt others for any number of reasons, including their sexual orientation, ethnicity, appearance or health problems. A 2009 study showed that at least 1 in 3 Canadian adolescent students have reported being bullied. According to Statistics Canada, cyberbullies have tormented 73% of their victims, aged 18 and over, with threatening emails or instant messages.

Relentless bullying can be a factor in a victim’s decision to commit suicide. So what can be done to stop this problem? What motivates people to be bullies in the first place? Can legislation against it actually make a difference? Come join health research experts for a discussion about the scope of bullying, its negative effects on the victim as well as the tormentor, and steps that should be taken to try to rectify the situation.

This free event is hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and its Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health. Space is limited.

Experts

John LeBlanc, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FAAP
Associate Professor
Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Community Health and Epidemiology
Dalhousie University

Jonathan Weiss, PhD, CPsych
Assistant Professor
Chair in Autism Spectrum Disorders Treatment and Care Research
Department of Psychology
Faculty of Health
York University

Jeremy Dias
Director, Jer's Vision
PFLAG Canada & Day of Pink

Moderator

Jennifer Lamarche Schmalz, MEd
Superintendent of Education
Conseil scolaire Viamonde