The provincial government has proclaimed November 12th - 18th Bullying Awareness Week.

Bullying can have a negative effect on the lives of students beyond their time in school.

Southeast schools are taking part in activities to teach about the harmful effects of bullying and promote positive relationships.

"Different schools have different activities going on. Some have classroom kindness lessons being presented in all the classrooms, some have classroom buddies that focus on certain activities during this week, there are assemblies going on in some of the schools. Some schools have a being kind campaign running this week," explained Cheryl Anderson, Student Services Coordinator, Southeast Cornerstone Public School Division.

Anderson added that the school division tracks all bullying reports through a program called Review 360 and schools follow up on all reports of bullying.

The school divisions policy on bullying includes a focus on awareness and education throughout the school year. Schools will bring in guest speakers year round and provide student leadership activities and other events including Pink Shirt Day.

"Pink Shirt Day is an event that was started many years ago by some students in Canada because another fellow student wore a pink shirt one day and was bullied because of it. The next day these two individuals wore a pink shirt in support," said Anderson.

"It is now a national event that takes place and many of our schools if not all our schools participate in that activity each year to put support out towards bullying awareness and that issue."

"It takes a community and not just a school. We all need to play our part and make sure we model for our students and everybody what being a positive citizen really truly is," added Anderson.

The provincial government are working with SaskTel through the "I Am Stronger" on bullying and cyberbullying prevention.

On the program’s site, students will find information on how they can get help. Bullying can be reported anonymously online from a smartphone, computer or tablet. Resources on bullying prevention are also available for educators, families and youth.

READ MORE: Saskatchewan Roughrider Brings Anti-Bullying Message to Local School

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