Media Advisory — Teacher leaders to discuss cyber-bullying policy at annual meeting in Toronto

July 05, 2007

Ottawa – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Toronto next week, July 11-14, at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel to discuss education issues of current import, including the impact of cyber-bullying on teachers and classroom learning.

“One of the greatest impacts on learning has been the creation of new technologies,” says CTF President Winston Carter. “Despite the potential benefits of having electronic technologies more present in our teaching and learning environments, there is increasing evidence that they are becoming extraordinarily and unacceptably invasive. The use of e-mail, cell phones, text messages, instant messaging, and social networking Web sites are too often used to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviors intended to harm others. It’s called cyber-bullying and it’s a behavior that can spin out of control.”

“What is needed is collaboration, a co-operative effort by students, parents, teachers, law enforcement agencies, policy-makers and legislators to regain some control over the negative impacts of technology on the classroom in order to let our teachers teach and our children learn in an environment safe from any bully, including the emerging cyber-bully.”

Discussion at the upcoming AGM will help determine CTF’s response to this issue and lay the groundwork for future collaborative efforts at the national level.

Sessions open to media:

Thurs., July 12

7:00 p.m.

Greetings by Jan Eastman, Deputy Secretary, Education International

7:30 p.m.

CTF President, Winston Carter, speaking on the theme of Teaching at the Core of Learning

Fri., July 13

9:00 a.m.

Communications Technology Policy Resolution: discussion of policy development with respect to the appropriate use by students, teachers, parents and the general public of new communications technologies including, but not limited to, e-mail, Web 2, blogs, social networking Internet sites, text messaging, and cell phones within the context of schools and the professional lives of teachers and administrators.

11:45 a.m.

Recognition Awards honouring three outstanding education leaders whose professionalism, creativity and dedication have advanced the teaching profession in Canada.

Public Education Advocacy Award recognizing a person outside the teaching profession who has made major contributions to promote public education in Canada.

Sat., July 14

10:40 a.m.

Election of four vice-presidents for a one-year term

The CTF AGM, the highest legislative body of the federation, is held every year to report on activities from the past year and to establish the budget, priorities and activities for the coming year. The AGM engages the delegates of Member organizations in debate and discussion on key issues and resolutions that have an impact on public education, students, and teachers nationally.

CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member organizations in every province and territory in Canada. CTF (http://ww.ctf-fce.ca) is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International (http://www.ei-ie.org).

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Comments:

Winston Carter , CTF President, 613-232-1505

Contact:

Linda Hiles, Interim Director of Communications, 613-232-1505, ext.130 until July 11,
and 613-614-5658 from July 11-14, 2007