Canada Cyberbullying

The Conservative Government Just Doesn't Get It When It Comes To Privacy

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Steve E. Anderson

There are few rights more important in any healthy democracy than the right to privacy. When citizens believe they are being watched, their willingness to engage in democratic debate is eroded, which in turn undermines our whole democratic process. Yet we clearly have a privacy deficit in this country.

Kind Words to Me From a Stranger

Carol Todd | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada Living
Carol Todd

In the past 20 months, my journey has been filled with meeting a variety of people. The majority are thoughtful, kind and compassionate. This is a letter that I found in my inbox that "fills the bucket." I believe that words and writers like this deserve to be shared.

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...

Cyberbullying Bill Would Give The Government ‘Too Much Information' About You

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The Conservative government's cyberbullying bill would make too much information about Internet users more easily available to a wide array o...

Changes to Bill C-13 Could Have Saved Rehtaeh's Life

Glen Canning | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Canning

This morning I spoke before The House of Commons' Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights and shared my thoughts on Bill C-13. I know there are concerns with C-13 and believe me, if there was something better on the table I'd be all over it. There isn't, not that I can see. Police have to have the ability to act fast when it comes to cyber-crime or their response is pointless. Our children's rights and privacy is already being violated -- violated by some of the sickest people you can imagine. If it's a choice between them and the police I'm siding with the police.

"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.

Why Would a 35-year-old Dutch Man Sexploit My Daughter Amanda?

Carol Todd | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada Living
Carol Todd

I am sure many around the world have read the headlines. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought that Amanda's alleged perpetrator would be found in the Netherlands.

It's Been One Year to the Day Since I Last Saw Rehtaeh Alive

Glen Canning | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Living
Glen Canning

Today marks one year since I last saw my daughter Rehtaeh alive. The last time we spoke, the last good bye, and the last "I love you." She got out of my car and walked into her mom's house. On the way home she asked if we could stop at McDonald's. How I wish we did, one last time. Rae passed away April 7, 2013. It's been a year-long nightmare but I try to keep hold of myself. Now that I'm outspoken about our daughter's struggles I've unfortunately attracted the attention of the worst society has to offer. They send messages reminding me Rehtaeh is "worm food," she's dead because I failed as a father. But it's mainly through talking that I've learned the difference Rehtaeh made and the impact she's had on others.

Sexting Boys Case In Terrace Resolved With Community Approach

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

TERRACE, B.C. - Community leaders and police in Terrace, B.C., have worked quickly to resolve a series of texting of sexually explicit images involvin...

Mr. MacKay, Can You Protect Us From the Budget Bullies?

David Martin | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
David Martin

I'm writing you in hopes that you can step in and stop these three from causing further harm. Is there a group or organization or caucus, say, that you could refer this matter to and come up with a mechanism for stopping these bullies? I'd really appreciate any help you could provide as I'm now even scared to go to my mailbox for fear of what the next letter from the government might bring. Some of my fellow victims are afraid these bullies are going to get meaner and meaner and de-index our pensions or even cut them back. Some are even saying they're going to take away our mailboxes but I can't believe they'd be that cruel.

Twitter Account Exposes Sex Lives Of High Schoolers

CP | Allison Jones, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - Toronto police are investigating a Twitter account that purported to expose the sexual behaviour of high school students — a fate that som...

How the "Ugliest Woman in the World" Overcame Bullying

Lauren Messervey | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

If you google the keywords "ugliest woman in the world", an image of Lizzie Velasquez will come up. Lizzie became aware of this in the ugliest manner that any person could discover such a thing; she saw a video with that tagline on YouTube.

What Amanda Todd's Mother Wants You To Know About 'Bullycide'

CP | Alison Auld, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia

HALIFAX - The stories pop up on Carol Todd's computer with distressing regularity.They are tales with an eerily similar template that chronicle the su...

So Now We Know: Cyberbullying Bill Is About Terror, Child Porn

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business

Ever since the Tories introduced their anti-cyberbullying bill last month, critics have been asking why it deals with numerous issues not directly rel...

The Cyberbullying Bill Is A Virtual Big Brother in Disguise

Michael Geist | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

Wednesday, Peter MacKay, the new Justice Minister, unveiled Bill C-13, the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act. The similarly-named bill is now marketed as an effort to crack-down cyber-bullying, yet the vast majority of the bill simply brings back many (though not all) lawful access provisions. As this post suggests, some of the provisions raise some serious concerns. Yet the government is signalling that it would prefer to avoid such debates, wrapping up the provisions in the cyber-bullying flag and backtracking on a commitment made earlier this year to not bring forward Criminal Code amendments that were contained in Bill C-30.

The Cyberbullying Bill Could Have Helped My Daughter

Glen Canning | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Canning

We were horrified to find out that taking a photograph of oneself having sex with an unknowing and unconscious person then texting it out to pretty much everyone she knows wasn't a crime in Canada. Seriously, trust me. It isn't. But now, fortunately, it will be. I am very grateful to hear that Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney have announced new legislation that will address this disgusting crime that devastated our daughter Rehtaeh. Now, thanks to this new legislation, ignoring these young victims and their families will no longer be an option.

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...