Jim Jordan Gives GISS a Powerful Anti-Bullying Address
The United Way has sponsored a series of fantastic speakers over the past few years that have brought engaging and meaningful messages to our students about bullying and what each of them can do to stand up and make GISS a 'bully-free zone.'
This year Jim Jordan joined us. He brought an engaging message about the different elements of bullying; what it is and what it isn't. He repeated the core elements to what constitutes bullying: there is an intent to harm, there is an imbalance of power and there is a threat of further aggression. He discussed where the misunderstanding of words and messages can lead to problems and he disguished between the healthy behaviour of 'teasing' and where it then becomes the unhealthy behaviour of 'taunting.' In regards to use of the internet and social media, he cautioned students to "not be gullible." Use good judgement - Don't Give Out Your Password!
To learn more about Jim Jordan, check out his website at http://www.jimjordan.ca/.
Along the way, Mr. Jordan entertained us with magic tricks that emphasized his anti-bullying messages. Overall, it was a fantastic presentation that our students and staff fullying appreciated.
The United Way continues to provide great support through these presenters. Two years ago the United Way brought us James Thomas who shared the story of his sister and her tragic suicide after suffering from bullying. He encouraged students to connect with one-another in support to deal with the stressors of teen life. As a result, a group of Trojans began meeting regularly to discuss issues that they were each struggling with.
Last year the United Way brought us Jessie Miller from Vancouver. He is an expert in social media and cyber-bullying. He shared very practical suggestions on how students can protect themselves.
To learn more about the United Way of Leeds and Grenville, check out their website at http://www.uwleedsgrenville.org/.