It was only three weeks after a Nova Scotian girl committed suicide as a result of cyberbullying did legislators begin implementing cyberbullying legislation. The new Cyber-Safety Act includes a new and unique investigative unit solely for pursuing and penalizing cyberbullies. It also holds parents of cyberbullies responsible for the actions of their children.
Furthermore, if the cyberbullying cannot be resolved, preventative actions will be taken, where tablets, computers, cellphones, etc. will be confiscated. Failure to comply will result in a fine up to $5,000.00 and up to six months of jail time.
The victim’s mother stated on Facebook: “… the cruelty is out there… hiding behind the keyboard, the cell phone. We need a cultural shift in our attitude towards the treatment of other human beings.”
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