Teachers have an important role in children’s lives by providing information and creating an environment that is conducive for learning. For children and youth, feeling safe, respected, and welcomed are key factors in whether they are going to thrive and enjoy their schooling experience.

There has been progress made in creating safe and caring schools through policies that protect students against discrimination in areas such as gender, sexual orientation, and race. Newfoundland and Labrador is the first province to include body size as one aspect of diversity which is expected to be included in a school policy focused on promoting safe and caring school environments. This is important because one of the main reasons students are bullied is based on their weight or size. We need to help students respect body diversity and to understand that it is not acceptable to bully someone based on their weight or shape.

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