There are two types of bullying:
Intimidation for extortion is robbery. The aggressor may use force or threats. These intimidators may work alone or in a group, by intimidating their victims, often younger teens or children, for example. Children are robbed of their money, lunch, clothes or other items.
You do not have to follow all of this advice before going to the police. If you feel the situation warrants it, you can contact the police sooner.
Often police intervention is combined with assistance from other responders to stop the intimidation. Police Officers can direct you to the specialized resources you may need.
Source: Ordre des psychologues du Québec
SPVM's Brochure : Bullying
If your teen has encountered any form of violence, (bullying, assault, threats, etc.), don’t ignore it. If he or she talks to you about being a victim, listen carefully. Speak up about it, lodge a complaint with the police and notify school authorities, if necessary. You can also provide information anonymously by calling Info-Crime Montréal at 514 393-1133.
When young people are exposed to intimidation and coercion—by gangs or others—there is an increased risk that they will adopt aggressive or criminal behaviour to protect themselves. As a result, they are vulnerable to being drawn into a gang lifestyle, which in turn, can lead to delinquency and crime.
Is your child showing signs of delinquent behaviour? Remember that as a parent you can do something to help. Establish clear rules at home and stick to them. Know who your child’s friends are. Find out what they do and where they go. Work with teachers and the school administration to keep tabs on your child’s performance.
Communication is vital. Find ways to show how important your child is to you. If disciplinary measures become necessary, focus on the inappropriate behaviour, not on personality. For most teens, committing delinquent acts is only a temporary phase they go through in their attempt to establish their own identity. If they get the support they need, they will eventually come around and once again behave in a way that shows respect for others.
Remember, you’re not alone! Many organizations offer free resources to parents dealing with their youngsters’ problematic behaviour. Break the silence and take advantage of the services to talk about what you’re experiencing and get help.
10 main reasons kids bully others
The following organizations can provide you with information and support:
Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS) website, to deal with violence and bullying at school.
Informative website about the law and the rights and responsabilities of all
The law, your rights - Parents
Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network : a national network of leading researchers and organizations, working together to prevent and stop bullying in Canada and provide information on the subject.
Website assisting young victims of cyberbullying by people posting a picture or a video of sexual connotation. Explanations on Internet pictures and messages removal.
Parents en marge de la rue
Ligne Parents (in french only)
Ligne Parents web site. They offer professional intervention service that is free and confidential to all parents of kids ranging from 0 to 20 years of age.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police website on Internet security, and on bullying and cyberbullying
Assistance centres for victims of crime’s website. To help you overcome the physical, mental and social consequences of crime. The professional services they provide are confidential
and free of charge.
Community relations officer at your PDQ
Bullying - What is it?
This video clip helps you understand bullying in the school environment. Bullying is much more serious than schoolyard bickering. This first video clip explains the 3 criteria for identifying a bullying situation.
Bullying - is my child a witness?
Being a witness is no small matter. This second video clip makes you aware of the importance of discussing the problem of bullying with your child. It also gives you the tools to help them to respond properly if your child witnesses any bullying behaviour.
Bullying - is my child a victim?
This third video clip helps you answer the question: Is my child a victim of bullying? You will also find advice and referrals so you can help your child put an end to the bullying situation.
Bullying - is my child an aggressor?
The purpose of this video clip is to answer the following question: Is my child a bully? You will also find advice and referrals so you can help your child stop this behaviour.