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Cyberbullying has no borders – Langara is vulnerable too

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“Give me all your lunch money,” may not be a term heard among college and university students, but bullying is prominent throughout these institutions, including at Langara.

Surprising statistics found in survey

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Langara students took a video pledge at Pink Shirt Day to stand up against bullying.

According to a study by SFU faculty members surveying approximately 1,800 Canadian undergrads beginning in 2012, between 11 and 18 per cent of students said they’ve been cyberbullied by someone they know at university.

Chantal Faucher, a post-doctoral fellow working with the Centre for Education, Law and Society at SFU, assisted in the survey and said instructors should treat bullying the same way they treat plagiarism.

“[Bullying] should be mentioned and discussed in classes and be reminded frequently,” she said. “It should be part of student orientation at the beginning of university.”

Bullying affects colleges too

Associated arts student Wyatt Naylor has seen the affect of bullying on campus.

“I don’t try to take everything seriously so these things don’t affect me so much, but I can see it affecting others,” he said.

Psychology student Amy Sture said she didn’t think bullying was a problem at Langara until classmates revealed knowledge of a male sexually harassing female students.

“I was like, tell somebody,” she said. “If you go on the Internet . . . people aren’t afraid to unleash the fury of whatever they’re thinking at that moment.”

The lasting effects of cyberbullying

Melia Goertzen, administrative coordinator at Langara, said people who engage in cyberbullying don’t realize how damaging it can be.

“The biggest thing that you see is cyberbullying and everybody’s like ‘Oh yeah whatever, who cares’ but if it’s you and you’re the person who’s got some picture out on Facebook that people are spreading around . . . you’re going to realize what a big deal it is,” she said.

Langara’s counseling department offers personal counsel ling to anyone who feels bullied and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. The department is located in room B111.

Reported by Karly Blats

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