Canada Cyberbullying

Dear Bullied Kids: It Gets Better Because You Get Stronger

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I remember the feeling. I would stand, my back up against the fence, my legs weak. I'd stand there and wonder which way I would run this time and if t...

Focus on Respect at Schools Before We Lose Another Child

Carol Todd | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Impact
Carol Todd

School is starting soon. There are many anxious youths out there not looking forward to those first weeks of school. Hopefully this school year will be one where kindness and respect are a focus. Hopefully we won't lose any more young people while we wait.

Cyberbullying Law Comes Into Effect

CP | Melanie Patten, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada Impact

HALIFAX - Time will tell if new cyberbullying legislation in Nova Scotia will protect young people from their online tormenters, the father of Rehtaeh...

Telling Internet-Savvy Teens To Use "Common Sense" Is Garbage

Melissa Carr | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

Recently, I engaged in a bit of a Twitter-debate around Internet dangers and kids. Our children are making adult decisions online and it's argued that these protections should be the responsibility of social media companies. Those who oppose restrictions and protections argue that it is up to parents to teach children best judgement and to exercise common sense online. I think this is absolutely absurd.

Don't Blame Facebook for Cyberbullying

Jesse Miller | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Living
Jesse Miller

Parents: Facebook is not in the business of raising my child, nor should you expect Facebook to raise yours. It is not the responsibility of Twitter to make sure my child behaves well online -- it is my responsibility to make sure my child behaves in any environment. If we want major change, it will not come from laws or banning people from websites; it will come from parents, communities, and schools to engage in dialogue and education to raise children who have an understanding of digital citizenship and accountability for their online and offline actions, because accountability and respect still matter.

Choking Back Tears

CP | Joel Eastwood, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - During her seven years as a cabinet minister, some of them difficult, Rona Ambrose has rarely been anything but cool and detached.But the pub...

How The Internet Still Hurts Amanda Todd

Jesse Miller | Posted 06.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jesse Miller

Parents please continue to learn about the story attached to Amanda Todd and today do not hesitate to talk to your children about the new story of Rehtaeh Parsons. Talk to your children about mental health, talking about social media is the first step in educating your kids about social media safety and outline your expectations about how your children will utilise this powerful tool for communication.

Is Tom Flanagan Just Another Victim of Social Media's Dark Side?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

There is no doubt that social media is contributing to great positive changes in our world. But we must not forget or ignore its dark side. Today, we have masses of information that are sent via instant messaging, tweeting, tumblr, YouTube. Speed is a priority, brevity is important. There are social implications that come with this technology. Among other things, we are losing accuracy and time for critical thinking. Tom Flanagan is a recent recipient of information fallout. Look how quickly he was judged and "dropped" by friends and peers. Is this our future: Fear of attacks on social media stifling different voices and difficult but necessary problem-solving?

Cyberbullying Amanda Todd May Get Dad's Band Booted Off Music Fest

Huffington Post Music Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 03.04.2013 | Canada Music

Although the group has yet to be removed from its roster, there's mounting pressure facing organizers of Australia's WOMADelaide music festival to rem...

Don't Let Your Teens Text Something They'll Regret

Erika Katz | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada Living
Erika Katz

The cyber world is new territory and for now, parents must improvise when dealing with these modern obstacles to raising a teen. Between the new culture of sexting and social media sites like Facebook, teen self-worth is in danger. Here's how you can help your child navigate the cyber world.

Pop Star Was Bullied As A Teen, Offers Advice For The Amanda Todd Generation

Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Music

Lights is a pretty and successful pop star. But that's now. Back when she was known as Valerie Poxleitner, she was just another teenage girl whose own...

The Power of Friendship Can Put an End to Bullying

Jordan Banks | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada Impact
Jordan Banks

People come to Facebook to connect with the people and things they care about. Bullying is certainly one of these issues. The Be Bold Stop Bullying campaign centres around an interactive social media pledge app that enables teens, parents and educators to make a personal commitment to help stop bullying and recruit their friends to join them.

ChangeMaker: The Downside of Criminalizing Cyberbullying

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

It is widely believed Albertan Bill Belsey first coined the term "cyberbullying," a fusion of Sci-Fi writer William Gibson's word "cyberspace" and the offline term "bullying. We spoke to him about the biggest bullying myths, the best intervention strategies, the downside to proposed legislation that would criminalize cyberbullying.

Why We Follow the Dead on Twitter

Jesse Miller | Posted 01.13.2013 | Canada
Jesse Miller

When a person passes away, their social media presence lives on. We see this every day with each passing, especially when the nature of death is interesting enough for media to seek the Facebook profile or Twitter account to source photos or posts for the corresponding story.

Pop Star Says He's Cyberbullied 'Everyday'

Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.09.2012 | Canada Music

Cody Simpson has it pretty sweet, right? The 15-year-old pop star from Australia's Gold Coast was an award-winning swimmer before his music career too...

Why Is A U.S. Website Spreading Dirt About Canadian Mom?

CBC | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada

A young Saskatoon mom is speaking out against an American gossip website that posted vicious comments about her sex and social life, written by people...

What It's Like Being Violated As a Teenage Girl

Emma Woolley | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Living
Emma Woolley

I will never forget how excited I was to be invited to watch a movie with the popular boy I liked. I primped for hours. (I was, after all, a teenager grappling with my own new sexuality.) When I got there, he did not put on the movie we agreed to watch, but a porn film. I had never seen one before. He unzipped his pants, pushed and pulled at me. I cried the whole walk home. We don't talk honestly enough about what it's like being a teen girl, or what it can be like. If we did talk about it, what it was like for us, perhaps we wouldn't be so harsh on them. Perhaps we'd see their lives for the small and large violations they're often made up of; and what those violations do.

Cyberbullying-Linked Suicides On The Rise

CBC | Posted 12.20.2012 | Canada Living

Cases of suicides linked to cyberbullying have grown over the past decade, but being tormented over the internet is rarely the main factor involved, a...

Whose Fault is Our Culture of Bullying?

Mara Shapiro | Posted 12.19.2012 | Canada Living
Mara Shapiro

I can't stop thinking about Amanda Todd. Why she died, why nobody stopped the kids who were bullying her, how her cyber-stalker wasn't caught or prosecuted, why her parents seemed to be in the dark. I'm struggling because I want to lay blame. And I don't know where it should go.

Bullying Victims Remembered In Worldwide Vigils

CBC | Posted 12.19.2012 | Canada Living

A series of gatherings across Canada — and the world — are being held today to remember bullying victims, including the B.C. teen who committed su...

8 Girls Arrested For Bullying

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada Living

LONDON, Ont. - Eight high school students have been arrested and charged with criminal harassment following a police investigation into a bullying cas...

Amanda Todd Was Not Just Bullied

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 12.16.2012 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

In reading about the tragic case of Amanda Todd, I was unable to find a single news source prepared to follow the evidence to its logical conclusion -- that she was the victim of male sexual violence. Here on display was the familiar and rank hypocrisy by which women are routinely sexualized and then attacked for their supposedly wanton ways. .

Bullied Teen Sexually Exploited: Advocate

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.15.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A national child exploitation group received a tip almost a year ago about 15-year-old Amanda Todd, the British Columbia teenager who took...

What Are We Doing Wrong About Bullying?

Kerry Sauriol | Posted 12.13.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Kerry Sauriol

I think it is safe to say that the anti-bullying campaigns and the pink shirt days are not working. Once again we have a tormented teen who could only see one way out of her struggle and that was taking her own life. It is time to rethink how we are handling this whole "bullying" thing. As a parent of two school-age children, I have a feeling that the definition of "bully" has been lost in translation.

Calling It "Bullying" Doesn't Do Amanda Todd Justice

Jarrah Hodge | Posted 12.13.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Jarrah Hodge

Calling Amanda Todd's case "bullying" or even "cyberbullying" doesn't do it justice. "Bullying" erases specific social factors and makes it seem like something that you age out of. Adding the "cyber" prefix doesn't necessarily make it more accurate.