The Prairie South School Division (PSSD) is opening a new front in its effort to combat cyber-bullying.
Peacock Collegiate will play host to Sgt. Brian Trainor, a retired Saskatoon police officer, while he delivers a presentation on cyber awareness for parents and community members.
"Last spring, there were a few school community councils, and a few of the Moose Jaw schools got together and recognized the need to bring in presenters and spread awareness about the issues of cyber-bullying," said Dustin Swanson, principal of Peacock Collegiate. "This is, more or less, an extension of something which started last year."
The presentation, which will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Peacock Collegiate Auditorium, aims to provide parents and guardians with the skills to identify when a child is being cyber-bullied, the effects of the treatment, how to spot sexting, and ways to prevent the behaviours.
Trainor will also discuss the misconceptions surrounding cyber-bullying.
Swanson said the presentation opens up a new angle to curb what he considers a "social phenomenon" by bringing parents into the discussion.
"We have policies in place. We have presentations we give to all of our students, every year. But we also want to increase the understanding parents have, as well," he said. "We're taking a multifaceted approach."
Swanson said he believes educators try to be "very responsive" to cyber-bullying, and that it is "an issue that is at the forefront of school safety."
But, he said, increased awareness could only be an asset in the effort to combat the behaviour — a behaviour he recognizes is an ongoing reality.
"We're hoping (this presentation) will enlighten those who attend and provide some background knowledge they might not normally have," Swanson said. "There have been cases of it in the past few years. It's a part, unfortunately, of society that we are working against."