Towards More Caring and Restorative School Climates: The Safe School Safe Student Project Final Report

This report provides an examination of two data collection time points consisting of Spring of 2013 (Wave I) and Spring 2015 (Wave II) utilizing the Safe School Safe Student Survey. The survey assessed student experiences related to bullying at school and examined student behaviours and perceptions of the school climate following restorative action programming in schools. Since 2013, reported incidents of being bullied at school declined from 2013 to 2015. While recent incidents of bullying occurred at about the same rate for males and females, the sole ethnic group in which a majority of students reported being bullied included, in descending order, Aboriginal, Latin American, Black and Caucasian students. The most prominent form of bullying was verbal, which
increased among male and female students in Wave II. Verbal bullying increased at a greater rate for female students, while males experienced greater increases in social and cyber forms of bullying. In Wave II, bullying tended to intensify as students progressed through the grades. Physical and social forms were most dominant in Grade 6 and verbal and cyber forms of bullying were most dominant in Grade 8. This stands in contrast to 2013 findings when verbal bullying was the most prominent in Grade 6, physical and social bullying was the most prominent in Grade 7, and cyber bullying was the most prominent in Grade 8.

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