Ontario Partnership Supports Student Safety
McGuinty Government Teams Up With Kids Help Phone
The Ontario government is partnering with Kids Help Phone to help even more students deal with bullying-related issues.
This year the government is providing $1 million to Kids Help Phone to help students deal with concerns such as bullying, internet safety and gang-related problems. Since 2005, this annual investment has helped provide more than 50,000 Ontario students with the guidance they need to address personal challenges.
Partnering with Kids Help Phone is one of many ways the government is addressing bullying and student safety. Other initiatives include:
- Bullying prevention programs and resources for schools and boards, including training for 32,000 teachers, principals and vice-principals.
- Internet safety software for grade 7 and 8 students provided to 3,100 schools.
Providing academic and non-academic support for all students is a key part of Ontario's safe schools strategy and promotes improved student achievement and well-being.
- Government funding for Kids Help Phone has totalled $6 million since 2005. It has helped hire new counsellors, train over 100 counsellors on bullying prevention, and create bullying prevention and awareness ad campaigns.
- The Keeping Our Kids Safe at School Act came into effect on February 1, 2010.
- Bullying and harassment can affect a student's health, mental well-being and school success, according to a 2008 study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
“Our government is committed to providing a safe and caring learning environment for Ontario's students. Kids Help Phone is a trusted resource that students dealing with bullying and other issues can access easily. Now, even more students can reach out and get the care and support they need.”
“The partnership between Kids Help Phone and the Ontario government is about more than funding - it's about knowing what it takes to support our children and then doing what it takes to make sure they get that support.”