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Bicycle Safety

It is now compulsory for cyclists or passengers under the age of 18 to wear a suitable helmet while cycling or riding on or in anything attached to or towed by a bicycle.

When you go out biking, make sure your helmet fits properly and that you wear it all the time. Have your parents check your bike to make sure everything is working properly and that it fits you properly. Always wear bright coloured clothing and try to cycle on marked paths away from traffic. Use hand signals if you do have to ride in or around traffic so that drivers will know what you intend to do!

For more information about bike safety please visit http://gov.mb.ca/healthyliving/hlp/bikesafety/

Stranger Safety

  • Always tell your parents where you are going and when you will be home.
  • Always go places with at least one other person, and never alone.
  • If you are alone and need help, seek help from an adult you trust. (Police Officer, Store Clerk, etc.)
  • Always lock your home and car doors and never tell anyone that you are alone.
  • Never accept gifts, rides, candy, or money from any adult you don't know.
  • Tell your parents when something isn't right. Try not to keep secrets, even if you think they will be upset with you.
  • Have a secret code word for family friends to use if they need to come and get you and take you somewhere if you don't know them well.
  • Try not to put yourself into a situation where you might be alone without help nearby.
  • Always trust your own feelings. If a situation doesn’t feel right to you, get away and immediately tell an adult that you trust.

Be smart about strangers! Ask your parents if you're not sure about something, and always play it safe.

 

Dealing with Bullies

What is bullying? “Bullying is when one or more children repeatedly hurt another child”

Bullying can be done using:

  • Verbal actions, such as threatening, taunting, teasing, name calling.
  • Physical Actions, such as hitting, pushing, kicking, pinching, restraining.
  • Indirect Actions, such as intentionally leaving someone out, gossiping, spreading rumors, making someone uncomfortable or scared.

Prevnet: http://prevnet.ca/bullying/kids 

 

Did you know that bullying occurs every 7 seconds and lasts about 37 seconds?

How do you know if you’re being bullied? Do you repeatedly…

  • Get teased in a mean way?
  • Get made fun of and laughed at in an unfriendly way?
  • Get picked on, pushed around, shoved, punched, hit or kicked?
  • Have your books, money or other belongings taken, damaged or scattered around?
  • Have bruises, injuries, cuts, scratches or torn clothing as a result of someone else?
  • Spend a lot of time alone, feel left out or excluded by your peers?

 

Did you know that by age 24, 60% of identified bullies have a criminal record?

How do you stop being bullied? You need to TELL someone about it!

  • Make adults aware of the situation and involve them.
  • If bullying is occurring at school, inform a teacher, principal, guidance counselor or someone else you trust.
  • Do not look like a victim. Stay calm with head up, shoulders back, eyes straight ahead with an unconcerned facial expression.
  • Ignore the bully. Do not look at or talk with the bully. Walk away quickly and do something else.
  • If the bully is dangerous, leave and get help!

 

Did you know that most bullying goes unreported?

How to talk to a bully:

  • If you can’t or don’t want to ignore the bully, try using a calm voice and good eye contact
  • Tell the bully what you don’t like
  • Tell them how their behaviour makes you feel
  • Tell them what behaviour you want
  • Tell them what will happen if they do not stop

 

Did you know that 85% of bullying happens in front of peers, and as a result peers have the most power to make positive change.

What can you do if you witness bullying?

  • Do not show support for the bully by laughing, cheering, or joining in.
  • Don’t give the bully an audience. Walk away.
  • Support the victim, not the bully.
  • Talk to a trusted adult if you have a concern about a friend or classmate.
  • Learn more about bullying and its effects.
  • Take the attitude that bullying is not ok.
  • Think of how you would feel if you were in the victim’s position.

 

Did you know that the effects of bullying can last a lifetime?

 

Resources for Kids

Kids Help Phone
1-800-668-6868
kidshelpphone.ca/teens/home/splash.aspx

*All information taken from the pamphlet “A Kid’s Guide to Bullying” put out by the Brandon School Division.*

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