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Nova Scotia Cyber Safety Act sparks debate

Published on May 7, 2015

HALIFAX – An overwhelming majority of complaints filed under Nova Scotia’s anti-cyberbullying law have been resolved out of court, proof that it is working despite lingering criticism, supporters of the legislation say. Two years after it was passed in April 2013, the bill still faces criticism from legal experts who say it threatens freedom of expression. The legislation is the first of its kind in Canada. Two challenges aimed at striking down the controversial law are currently before the courts, and in a separate case an order under the Cyber … Continue reading

Open Drum: cyber bullying claimed our Jessica

Published on April 28, 2015

When we lost our Jessica to suicide the police knew just where to look: her phone and laptop. The coroner states cyber bullying contributed to her death and so we have the evidence – but where’s the justice? Fran Cleland writes. There’s a fairy story about a valiant little tailor who bragged about killing “seven with one blow”. Cyber bullies find it easy to do that. They target just one person but the ripple effect from the bullying easily outdoes the tailor’s efforts. We lost our Jessica to suicide on … Continue reading

The health risks of cyberbullying in college

Published on April 1, 2015

(CNN)“I hope she sees this and kills herself.” – message to Amanda Todd “The world would be a better place without you.” – message to Megan Meier Infamous quotes from famous cases of teenage cyberbullying, each ending tragically with the victim taking her life. Heartbreaking cases like these galvanized research and today much more is known about the damaging effects of cyberbullying among middle and high school students — including an increased risk for depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts, hostility and delinquency. What about college students? After all, they’re the most frequent users of … Continue reading

Rehtaeh Parson’s dad speaks to UN on online bullying

Published on March 20, 2015

HALIFAX – The father of Rehtaeh Parsons says he delivered a statement to the United Nations on Monday, telling the commission on the status of women how his daughter’s death after a suicide attempt in 2013 was directly related to cyberbullying. Glen Canning confirmed in an email that he delivered the statement during a panel discussion entitled Violence in the Digital Age. Parsons’ family says the girl was 15 years old when she was sexually assaulted in November 2011 and bullied for months after a digital photo of the alleged … Continue reading

Cyberbullying law requires students to reveal Facebook passwords

Published on March 4, 2015

Illinois kids can be held accountable even for posts made after school Law stands in contrast to other states’ privacy-protecting measures There’s an emerging threat hanging over the heads of school bullies: a new law aimed at stopping cyberbullying will force schoolchildren to hand over their Facebook passwords. A controversial measure, which came into effect on 1 January in Illinois, insists that students must open up their social media accounts if a school has reasonable cause to believe that a student has violated a school’s policy on social media, even if the … Continue reading

Cyberbullying: A serious problem, but not an epidemic

Published on February 19, 2015

This is an updated version of post that first appeared on SafeKids.com in 2009. Updated to coincide with CBS News 48 Hours special on bullying. by Larry Magid The first things you need to know about cyberbullying are that it’s not an epidemic and it’s not killing our children. Yes, it’s probably one of the more widespread youth risks on the Internet and yes there are some well publicized cases of cyberbullying victims who have committed suicide, but let’s look at this in context. Bullying has always been a problem among adolescents … Continue reading

Safer Internet Day: Maisie Williams speaks out about cyber bullying

Published on February 12, 2015

Over a 1,000 children were asked about their online experiences for Safer Internet Day with one in eight claiming they felt many people posted purely negatively online.The data, collected by ResearchBods for the UK Safer Internet Centre, showed that a quarter of teenagers – aged between 11 and 16 – were using six or more social networks every week. Overall, one in 20 of the teenagers felt that people were mean to them most of the time on the internet. Ms Williams, who aged 12 was cast as one of … Continue reading

New challenges, new solutions

Published on February 5, 2015

Gaming can help stem drug abuse and cyber bullying March 31, 2014|By Sharon Sloane America has crossed a few ominous thresholds that should give us pause. For one, poisonings are killing more people than car crashes in the United States, making them the leading cause of accidental death in the country for the first time. The vast majority of those deaths are from legal, prescription drugs. Second, more children report having been tormented and harassed online than in “real-life”; 43 percent of kids claim to be victims of such cyber-bullying. … Continue reading

How Can You Use Technology to Keeps Kids Safe Online?

Published on January 21, 2015

With over half of young people reporting that they have been cyber bullied, this form of digital harassment has reached an all time high. As a parent, you struggle with some difficult questions. Do we have conversations with our kids, but then trust them to make appropriate decisions online for themselves? Do we use apps to track and monitor their digital usage? How do we let them know we think they’re trustworthy, but still play an active role in their Internet activity? None of these questions are easily answered. But … Continue reading

Cyber-bullying now just a part of life, most children believe

Published on January 21, 2015

Cyber-bullying has become so commonplace that more than half of children in Britain accept that it is part of everyday life, a new study says today. In a further sign of the growing problem surrounding online abuse among young people, a poll carried out by the Anti-Bullying Alliance found that 55 per cent of children were resigned to the fact that cyber-bullying was normal practice. Nearly 70 per cent of children said they would turn to their parents if they were bullied online – but four in 10 parents are … Continue reading