Cyber Bullying

Inuit Singer Tanya Tagaq Stops 'Sealfie' Cyberbully With Police Help

The Huffington Post Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 06.12.2014 | Canada Music

After facing a backlash from posting a "sealfie" earlier this year, Inuit singer Tanya Tagaq says she has been feeling better of late thanks to author...

"Revenge Porn" Needs its Own Bill

Steph Guthrie | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Steph Guthrie

For the last year I've been speaking and writing at length about the issue Bill C-13 claims to tackle. While the bill's name in the press is the "Cyber-bullying Bill," the more specific problem addressed by components of Bill C-13 is known as "revenge porn," a term I hate for both its inaccuracy and sexualized sensationalism. After a year of arguing for legislation that criminalizes cyber-sexual assault, I cannot support the legislation as written. I cannot trade one set of civil rights for another. We should separate the components of Bill C-13 that deal directly with cyber-sexual assault from those that do not, and debate them as different pieces of legislation.

Bullying is No Longer Confined to Schools. What Are We Doing About It?

Farzana Hassan | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Living
Farzana Hassan

With the growing use of cyber space, bullying is no longer confined to school premises. The effects of school taunting and how it transforms into bullying outside of school also be addressed. Canada has recently enacted new legislation on cyber bullying. Further research is needed to determine if the same type of legislation can be deemed effective in the United States.

Are Girls the New Bullies to Watch Out For?

Lori Gard | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Her eyes say it all: "You disgusting little piece of garbage -- who cares what you have to say, anyway?" He crumbles into a mess of tears and sobs, seemingly brokenhearted that he has just been publicly rejected. This was the fourth instance of bullying that I was privy to today. What stood out to me in each of the four incidents was who was doing the bullying: girls.

This is the End of Civil Discussion

Jeff Paterson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

I'm no John Ivison, Christie Blatchford, Chantal Hebert, Ezra Levant, Christopher Hume, Andrew Coyne or Margaret Wente. Heck, you could find bloggers...

Snoop On Your Kids, Says Mom Of Dead Alleged Bullying Victim

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta

REGINA - The family of Regina teenager who died last week suggests the 13-year-old girl took her own life and that bullying may have played a role in ...

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.

Why the Pain Caused By Bullying is Just as Dangerous as a Physical Assault

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

At present, most people seem to think of physical assault and cyber bullying as being different experiences. However, whether you are punched in the face or humiliated online, if the end result is pain caused by the activation of the same brain regions, then the experiences are not that different.

Sasha Nagy

Amanda Todd's Mother Wants Action

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Nagy | Posted 08.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Carol Todd has one simple question: What's taking British Columbia so long? Now that Nova Scotia has a law allowing those who are bullied online t...

Don't Just Give Your Kid a Device, Show Him How to Use it

Mike Rizkalla | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada
Mike Rizkalla

Alright so why am I writing about Anthony Weiner? Well, if an educated man could fall prey to these digital no-nos so could your hormone-charged teena...

Another Rehtaeh Parsons?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.07.2013 | Canada

A Dartmouth, Nova Scotia mother said her daughter isn't her "same little girl anymore" after a video showing her and several boys in a sex act at a pa...

How Parents Enable Their Children to Bully

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.20.2013 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

Glen Canning, wrote a blog about his daughter, Rehtaeh Parsons, who hung herself because of the trauma of an alleged gang-rape by four classmates and the relentless bullying that followed. He wrote, "They say parents need to teach their children. Instead, it was Rehtaeh who was my teacher." But here's the thing: Parents do need to teach their children, and they are not doing it. Rehtaeh Parsons' death arrives on the horrific heels of the Steubenvile high-school rape case and Amanda Todd's suicide near Vancouver last fall after a sexually explicit photo led to the bullying that eventually drove her to take her own life, too. Our job is not just to feed and clothe our kids, but to shape them.

The Week in Review: Don't Stop Asking Why Rehtaeh Parsons Died

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 06.13.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

This week, it seemed the entire country was focused on the suicide of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons. The alleged conscienceless cruelties that now seem inextricably linked to her death have disgusted and sickened so many that Rehtaeh may one day be remembered as the young woman who made us confront our shameful moral and legal deficits -- and do better. Blogger Anne Therriault wrote that when she read Rehtaeh Parsons' story, she couldn't help but wonder, "Where the f**k were all the grownups?" It's a very good question. One that we should keep asking loudly and often.

RCMP Reopens Rehtaeh Parsons Case

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada

Nova Scotia RCMP said on Friday they have reopened their investigation on Rehtaeh Parsons' alleged sexual assault after receiving new and credible inf...

Teen Commits Suicide After Alleged Rape, Bullying

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada

Halifax teenager Rehtaeh Parsons was taken off life-support on Sunday, the end of yet another tragic case of cyber bullying. Parsons was the victim...

Step in to Stop Bullying and Make a Difference

Karen Sterling | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Impact
Karen Sterling

As a business executive, I routinely apply logic to solve issues, but when my child called to say she'd just been surrounded a school gang who verbally abused and bullied her, all logic goes out the window... I just wanted to protect her. Sadly bullying continues to be a pervasive issue that affects our kids' well-being.

Canadian Law Enforcement Renews Demand for Internet Surveillance Legislation

Michael Geist | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Politics
Michael Geist

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police renewed its call for Internet surveillance legislation on Friday, urging the government to move forward with Bill C-30. It is striking that the government never mentioned cyber-bullying when it introduced Bill C-30. That is because the bill has little to do with cyber-bullying.

Amanda Todd Suicide Leads to Media Chatter

J.J. McCullough | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg It's now been two weeks since the tragic, allegedly bullying-induced suicide of B.C. teenager Amanda Todd first made headlines around the world, but if the steady output of Canadian editorial pages is any indication, there's still much to say. It's hard to deny the sheer poetic justice in the volume of sympathy and thoughtfulness born from the aftermath of an episode of such overbearing nihilism and cruelty. Not that some haven't gone too far, of course.

Anti-Bullying Motion Up For Debate Monday Following Teen Suicide

CBC | Posted 12.13.2012 | Canada Politics

One of Parliament's youngest members is calling on the federal government to show "leadership" and pass an anti-bullying motion he introduced, schedul...

Cyberbully Victim Awaits Ruling On Bid To Sue Anonymously

CBC | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada Impact

Children and their parents will find out Thursday whether their identities can be protected if they try to sue a cyberbully. A 17-year-ol...

Can Bullying Lead to Mental Illness?

Arthur Gallant | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

For the past few years my personal and professional contacts that work with teens and young adults have wondered aloud if bullying can lead to mental illness. Researchers are starting to question the same thing and various studies are suggesting childhood bullying can lead to psychosis and paranoia.

I was Bullied by Cyber Lesbians

Julian Vigo | Posted 06.06.2012 | Canada
Julian Vigo

Social homogenization is one of the most frightening commonalities I have found within lesbian culture -- in real life and in cyber-space. I wondered why a group of women, many of whom were heretofore oppressed within their own communities and family for reasons of their sexuality, would be so aggressive and unkind towards other women.

Mentally Disabled Man Flees Facebook Bully

CBC | Posted 02.08.2012 | Canada

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Ten Things I've Learned From Bullies

Josh Bowman | Posted 01.31.2012 | Canada Living
Josh Bowman

Bullying is not just the territory of the biggest and strongest. A bully is someone who can create and abuse power in a relationship. Your boss can be a bully. Someone you are dating. The bullying is in the constant threat of violence and the power dynamics at play.

Help Your Kids Ride the Tech-Free Wave Into Fall

Annabelle Fell | Posted 10.11.2011 | Canada
Annabelle Fell

Technology has the ability to enhance kids' lives in many ways, but it also contributes to nasty problems including Internet addiction, narcissism and anxiety. So if your kids have enjoyed a tech-free summer, why not help them ride that wave into the fall?