With today’s technological advances, cyberbullying is unfortunately becoming increasingly prevalent in Canadian society.
Parents across Canada are concerned about the possibility of their children being victimized through the misuse of technology.
That is why our government has introduced legislation to amend the
Criminal Code to address cyberbullying. This bill addresses criminal behaviour
associated with this form of harassment and holds cyberbullies accountable for their
actions. The legislation would:
• Prohibit the non-consensual distribution of intimate images.
• Empower a court to order the removal of intimate images from the Internet.
• Permit the court to order forfeiture of the computer, cell phone or other device used in the offence.
• Provide for reimbursement to victims for costs incurred in removing the intimate
image from the Internet or elsewhere.
• Empower the court to make an order to prevent someone from distributing intimate images.
Our government worked closely with the provinces and territories in developing the report and recommendations on which this legislation is closely based.
Bullying is also being addressed through non-legislative means, including education, awareness and prevention activities.
RCMP Cst. Tad Milmine, who spent his teenage years being bullied, is travelling across Canada telling his story of bullying to students. He recently stopped at several local schools including Earl Grey School, École River Heights, Grant Park High School, Kelvin High School and Churchill High School, to inspire students not to bully. While in Manitoba, he spoke to over 5,000 youth in seven days.
Bullying is a social problem that needs comprehensive responses from schools, non-government organizations, the police, and community groups.
One such organization our Government supports is the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, which is located in my riding of Winnipeg South Centre. They are a charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children and provide important programs and services such as cybertip.ca and the Find Me ID App.
I commend the Canadian Centre for Child Protection for their innovative use of technology and progressive thinking while working towards the goal of reducing child victimization.
For more information visit www.protectchildren.ca