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Canada needs national bullying strategy: Queen's University professor

2012-10-25

Queen’s University bullying expert Wendy Craig is available to comment on Members of Parliament debating an NDP anti-bullying motion in the House of Commons. The bill calls for all political parties to develop a national anti-bullying strategy.

The debate comes shortly after the suicide of 15-year-old Amanda Todd, the B.C. girl who killed herself last week after recently uploading a clip to YouTube detailing the bullying she endured.

“A national campaign needs to focus on relationships - relationships between parents and children, relationships between all adults who work or are involved with children and with youth to youth relationships,” says Dr. Craig, a professor of psychology at Queen’s University and scientific co-director of Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet). “We also need to focus on helping adults and youth identifying the signs of when someone may be experiencing bullying and help get them connected to adults for support and intervention. We need to do more as a nation to prevent bullying and support the healthy development of our youth.”

Please note Dr. Craig is only available for phone interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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