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What To Do If A Friend Is Being Cyberbullied

Cyberbullying is a serious business and in Canada it is sometimes a crime.  I hear you when you say “I don’t want to be the one to call the cops”, so don’t.  But remember that a friend is someone who helps when the times are tough and cyberbullying is tough.

Below are a few tips to help YOU help your friend through their cyberbullying nightmare:

  • Don’t jump in.  This might go without saying, except in todays online world it is easy to get caught up in the excitement.  Stay calm and think it through
  • Stand up against the online bullying. If you know the person doing it, tell them it’s not okay with you, but don’t get any more confrontational than that.



  • Talk to an adult.  Yes, I know you think they won’t understand but someone you know will.  Your parents, (sometimes even grand parents), favourite teacher, older brother sister, student councillor…
  • Call out the cyberbullying online. Use words like “That’s mean!” or “Stop it!” to show everyone you don’t approve. Many others may have been waiting for someone brave enough to take a stand, all it takes is one person and others may join to help stop it.
  • If you are afraid to call them out with your own account, create a new account then do it.  Be sure to create some other content first and “like” or retweet other content so it is no so obvious that this is coming from a ‘fake’ account.  If you are going to use a fake account to stand up for your friend, do not tell ANYONE (except your parents if it comes to that).  You can keep your secrets but others just can’t.
  • If you feel physical threats are involved or safety is at risk, tell a teacher or get the police involved. It’s not ‘tattling’ on your friend if someone’s safety is at stake.
  • If you’re unsure of what to do, a counsellor at Kids Help Phone can help you come up with solutions. Call 24-7 at 1-800-668-6868. It’s free and always confidential. If you don’t feel like talking, you can live chat with them online at

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Canadian Teen Denis Shapovalov Wins at ATP Challenger Tour Final

This video cover the highlights of the 2017 final match of the ATP Challenger Tour in Drummondville Quebec.

16 year old Felix Auger-Aliassime is defeated by Canadian Denis Shapovalov  n a tight tennis game.


  • Name : Felix AUGER-ALIASSIME
  • Birth Date: August 8, 2000
  • Birth place: Montreal, Canada
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Plays: Right Handed (Double Handed Backhand)

64 W H2H vs PONWITH, Nathan (USA) 6-2 6-4
32 W H2H vs POPYRIN, Alexei (AUS) 4-6 6-3 6-4
16 W H2H vs DAVIDOVICH FOKINA, Alejandro (ESP) 6-4 7-6(6)
QF W H2H vs KYPSON, Patrick (USA) 6-1 6-2
SF W H2H vs TSITSIPAS, Stefanos (GRE) 6-4 7-5
FR W H2H vs KECMANOVIC, Miomir (SRB) 6-3 6-0


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Video: e-Cigarette blows up in Canadian Teens Face

ALBERTA, CANADA — An electronic cigarette exploded in a Canadian teenager’s face this past week, causing severe burns and leading to emergency surgeries.

Sixteen-year-old Ty Greer was taking a toke in his mother’s jeep when it suddenly blew up, only two inches from his face. At the time, the boy’s father says the pain was so excruciating Ty said he wanted to die.

His father described the accident as a 2 foot by 2 foot fireball engulfing his son’s face, burning the back of Ty’s throat and his tongue. Luckily, he’d been wearing glasses at the time, so his eyes were not damaged. The teenager is being treated for first and second-degree burns, and has undergone two root canals to fix some of his broken teeth.

The e-cigarette was a Chinese-manufactured Wotofo Phantom, purchased at a local smoke shop in Alberta.

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Helping Canadian Teens Cope with a Disaster

Disaster and tragedy—such as military action, terrorism, airplane crashes, fires, floods or earthquakes—can be hard for children and teens to cope with and understand.

How your teen responds will depend on his age, temperament, stressed-out-teen-girldevelopmental level, and how closely an event touches him (e.g., whether it is affecting people he knows and loves). Don’t underestimate the impact of events around the world. Though your child or teen may not understand, he can still feel frightened and wonder whether he’s in danger.

Media coverage and easy access to social media, with images, videos and stories that are scary and graphic, can make these feelings worse.

After a disaster, children might worry that it will happen again, that they’ll be separated from family, or that someone they know will be hurt or die. This can be really traumatizing if a child’s parent or close loved one is a first responder like a firefighter, paramedic or police officer.

Your teen may pretend not to be concerned. Don’t let this fool you. Talk to her and ask about any doubts or fears she may have. Teens can also:

  • become moody, less patient, argumentative and sad,
  • have trouble with sleeping or changes in appetite,
  • experience stomachaches or headaches, or
  • want to be alone or with others more than usual.

How you can help

You play an important role in reassuring your child or teen by staying calm and helping them understand and cope with their reactions.

Take your child’s concerns seriously. Respect his thoughts and feelings. Don’t tell him his feelings are silly. Your child should know that it’s okay to be upset and his concerns are okay. At the same time, avoid talking about what happened over and over if your child is doing fine.

Check in to see how your child is feeling, but don’t force your child to talk until she’s ready. Sometimes children just want simple, reassuring answers. Encourage a younger child to draw a picture or tell a story about how she feels. Offer plenty of hugs and cuddles if your child needs them.

Check in to see how your child understands the event, and offer any explanations or discussion at your child’s developmental level. Remember that younger children may not understand how close or far an event is when they see and hear graphic details on television or on the internet. Try to give them a sense of where events are taking place in relation to them.

Talk about how you feel when disaster happens. Be as calm and honest as you can, using words and concepts your child can understand. Your child will learn from your response and may feel better knowing he’s not the only one who is worried.

Reassure your child. Tell her how you ensure your home and community is safe. But don’t make promises you can’t keep, such as saying there won’t be another earthquake or storm.

Maintain family routines. Routines bring things back to normal and limit the amount of time your child might spend thinking about the events. Routine can also help your child sleep better at night and feel like life is predictable.

Spend family time together. Doing things your child enjoys will help him feel more secure.

Limit screen time. News images can be scary and confusing and should not be watched over and over. If you plan to watch the news, do it together and turn off the television when you are done so you can talk about what is going on.

Limit social media. Access to social media exposes everyone to violent stories and disturbing, unedited images and videos. Even kids or teens not directly affected by a disaster can become traumatized when repeatedly exposed to horrific images or videos on social media.

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