Canada Cyberbullying

Her Tormentor Was Never Tracked

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

RCMP in British Columbia were alerted at least five times over the course of nearly two years about the ongoing sexual extortion of Amanda Todd before...

Rebecca Sedwick's Story Is All Too Familiar to Me

Carol Todd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Carol Todd

I woke up today to the headlines about the story of Rebecca Sedwick in Florida and that two girls had been charged with the cyberharassment that was endured. It makes me wonder again how kids can be that mean and cruel towards others. I always wonder -- do their parents know?

SavvyMom Roundup: Gluten, Bacon and a Sad Kid at the Zoo

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

The war against gluten, the problem with bacon, teens and social media, a sad kid at the zoo and apple season all caught my attention this week.

Let's Call "Trolling" What it Really Is: Hate Speech

Steph Guthrie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Steph Guthrie

In so many of the instances in which the popular press (and the general public) apply the label "trolling," they're referring to sincere statements from people who believe every word they're saying. These alleged "trolls" have myriad intentions that may include getting a rise out of their target, but also include silencing their target, humiliating their target, inspiring fear or emotional distress in their target, etc etc etc. It's not provocation merely for provocation's sake, and the stakes are much higher. We don't need special Internet words for hate speech, harassment, or death threats. These words already exist.

The Internet Loves Stupid But You Should Be Smart

Toula Drimonis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

Because, I don't know about you, but I'm starting to really get tired of living in a world that facilitates and celebrates the culture of crass and the glorification of stupid. And make no mistake about it. While stupid is everywhere, nowhere is it more pronounced than on the web these days. Mainly because it's easy, it's free, it's everywhere, and it's the fastest route to notoriety and fame. There's good stuff out there. Stuff that both manages to communicate something good and entertain at the same time. One doesn't cancel out the other. It's not an either/or proposition. We just need to sift through the flotsam rising all too often on the top of the information cesspool to get to it.

Province's Cyberbullying Investigation Unit Up And Running

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Impact

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government says an investigative unit created to look into cases of cyberbullying in the province is in operation.The provin...

Bullying: When the School Is the Bystander

Glen Canning | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Living
Glen Canning

Rita-Clare LeBlanc had reached the darkest moment of her young life. The months of bullying at her high school had taken a toll and she decided to end her life and become yet another statistic of Nova Scotia's abysmal bullying record. She sat alone in her room and started to swallow her father's blood pressure pills. She was going to take as many as she could before passing out and dying. Fortunately, before the point of no return, her mother walked in and made her throw up the pills. She held her, cried with her, and together they vowed to do whatever it took to put Rita-Clare's promising life back together. Her story sounds so familiar by now.

Cyberbullying Legislation Coming: MacKay

CP | Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Politics

WINNIPEG - Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay is promising the Tories will introduce new "holistic" legislation in the fall to fight cyberbullying ...

Another Tragedy

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Alberta

Todd Loik, a teenager from North Battleford, Saskatchewan, is the latest teen to commit suicide due to a lengthy campaign of cyberbullying. Loik co...

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...