Author: Neighbourhood Watch London

Understanding Cyberbullying

Bullying is the imbalance of power between two people. This imbalance of power occurs when someone intentionally and repeatedly says or does hurtful things to someone else. You might remember our blog from September called How to Prevent Bullying that touched on how to identify bullying and how you can report and prevent bullying. This week we are discussing cyberbullying. Cyberbullying has the same premise as regular bullying, however, cyber bullying involves the use of communication technology. The RCMP defines cyberbullying as: “Cyberbullying includes: Sending mean or threatening emails or text/instant messages. Posting embarrassing photos of someone online. Creating...

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Safety Tips for Leaving Your House During the Holidays

Many students are currently finishing exams and preparing to head home for the holidays. During the holiday season, robberies, burglaries, and thefts tend to increase. This past fall London had seen an increase in reports of burglaries that seemed to be targeting student houses. As you get ready to head home, you should keep these tips in mind to make sure that you don’t become a target this season. When preparing to leave home, complete this check-list: Lock windows and doors. Unplug nonessential appliances and lamps. Valuables and holiday gifts should either be taken with you or you should...

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Managing Snow This Winter

Did you know that shovelling snow can actually be dangerous? Statistically, it’s more dangerous for people aged 55 and up.1 But why? Cold air causes arteries to constrict and decrease blood supply. “When healthy young men shovelled snow, their heart rate and blood pressure increased more than when they exercised on a treadmill.”1 When these two phenomena combine, there is a much better chance that the person will have a heart attack. The chances of this happening increase if the person does not exercise regularly and eats or smokes immediately before shovelling. This year we haven’t had much snowfall...

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Preparing for the Seasonal Flu

As flu season is in full swing, we thought we might cover some of the ways that you might prevent the flu if you haven’t already caught it. This blog article is going to discuss 8 ways in which you might stay safe from the flu. The difference between the flu and the cold First off, what is the difference between the cold and the flu? The flu has many similar symptoms of the cold but it is much more severe. With a cold you might experience nasal congestion, cough, and aches. With the flu, you will experience these...

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Black Friday Shopping

Most people are already familiar with the notoriety of Black Friday. For those that aren’t, Black Friday is the day after American Thanksgiving that kicks off the holiday shopping season. Retailers reduce their prices to entice more people out shopping since most people have a four day weekend due to American Thanksgiving. Canada doesn’t have the same long weekend but retailers adopted the practice of reducing their prices in order to keep Canadians shopping locally instead of travelling to America to take advantage of their sales. In the past, some of these exclusive sales have led to some chaos...

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