Premier Robert Ghiz meets with students about cyberbullying plan

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Megan Poole, student at Colonel Gray High School, presents Premier Robert Ghiz with an action plan to address cyberbullying. Children from the International Stop Cyberbullying Youth Summit met with Ghiz Friday.

When it comes to stopping cyberbullying, Nicholas Carelse wants Premier Robert Ghiz to be a champion for the cause.

Carelse, 10, was one of about a dozen students who took part in a cyberbullying summit last fall and met with Ghiz Friday afternoon to present him with StopBullying Canada's recommendations.

It was during that meeting that Carelse asked Ghiz to be the group's champion on the issue.

After the meeting Carelse said he thought the group made progress.

"Very happy I got to talk to him about it."

StopCyberbullying Canada has several recommendations, including creating a supervisor position to oversee a safety in schools program.

The group would also like to see all schools develop a peer-counseling program.

Carelse said it's hard to tell how much cyberbullying is going on but the group is trying its best to stop it.

"We're making so much progress right now," he said.

As for Ghiz, he said the part that impressed him most about the meeting was that it was a group of young people coming forward who want to make a difference in the lives of their peers and for future generations.

"I think it's a great initiative," he said.

Ghiz said he thought awareness was the most important thing to address.

"A young person may not realize that they're even bullying or someone who's being bullied may not even realize they're being bullied so it's about education awareness," he said.

After getting the recommendations from the group, Ghiz said the government will look at ways to raise awareness of the issue, but he plans to wait and see how cyberbullying legislation works in other provinces before implementing it in P.E.I.

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  • Billy
    January 18, 2014 - 09:15

    Next stop business school to see how to get a province out of debt.

  • peter
    January 18, 2014 - 09:06

    "it is all about education awareness" he said, - what exactly is "education awareness"?

  • Show an Tell
    January 18, 2014 - 08:21

    Good to show kids that people you belief and trust so much as to elect them, can be bullies too.

    • don
      January 18, 2014 - 15:03

      and newspaper people can be bias to. i agree that bullies can be leaders as in all levels of governments. as we have it here on PEI. we have three in the liberal government. can you tell me who they are?

  • candrayo
    January 17, 2014 - 17:03

    A 99 year old might also not know he is a bully….same goes for a Premier…who teaches those who think they are so wise I wonder of their own "Bully" traits they learned in their own way! Passive Aggressive tendencies are just a different form of bullying , for example…when you are playing with Public Dollars….IMO