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WITS/LEADS – Anti-Bullying Program – WHAT IS IT?

 

WITS information - 

  • We are creating a responsive community for the prevention of peer victimization in our school by implementing the WITS Program as part of an OCDSB initiative and pilot program. 
  • Research says that we have to bring the community together if we want to deal with bullying; developing social skills or positive character traits alone is not enough. WITS is a parrellel program whose premise and basis can be applied with other approaches.  
  • The WITS Programs bring together schools, families and communities to help elementary school children deal with bullying and peer victimization and to encourage adults to respond to children's requests for help. 
  • WITS has two components: the WITS Primary Program (Kindergarten - Grade 3) and the WITS LEADS Program (Grades 4 - 6).

 

The WITS Primary Program teaches children in Kindergarten to Grade 3:

To make safe and positive choices when faced with peer conflict. The WITS acronym - Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, and Seek help - provides a common language that children and the adults in their environments can use to talk about and respond to peer victimization.

 

LEADS is a more grown-up version of WITS:

It's designed for students in Grades 4 to 6. The LEADS Program teaches five problem-solving strategies to help children deal with conflict and keep safe: Look and listen, Explore points of view, Act, Did it work? and Seek help.

 

Parent Partners:

Although the WITS Programs start at school, parents have an important role to play. Talking about WITS at home teaches children to apply these strategies beyond the school walls.

Click Here for a Parent Guide

 

Community Partners:

Community leaders,  including emergency services personnel (e.g. police officers, firefighters, paramedics), university or high school athletes, elders and other community role models interested in preventing peer victimization also play an important role in the WITS Program.

 

The Wits Programs

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