August 8 – Cyber Safety Act in Nova Scotia (good job)

The province of Nova Scotia passed a new cyberbullying law (Cyber Safety Act) today that was inspired by Rehtaeh Parsons. I am pleased that this has happened and only hope that law enforcement and the court system will be able to keep up with the demand for justice.   Bullying and cyberbullying (which I prefer to call Digital Harassment) is everpresent and seems rampant.  If one has the good fortune of setting their Google Alerts onto ‘cyberbullying’, ‘ask.fm’. ‘teen suicide’, … you will be dismayed at the stories that will come up each night.  These stories are from all over the world.  I would say that Canada is probably underreported for some reason.  I am seeing many stories from the U.S., the U.K. and from India.
A synopsis of the Cyber Safety Law in Nova Scotia include:

1) allows people to sue if they or their children are being cyberbullied
2) Victims can seek a protection order that could place restrictions on or help to identify the cyberbully
3) In case of a lawsuit, parents of cyberbullies could be held liable for damages if the aggressor is a minor
4) Creation of an investigative unit dedicated to pursuing and penalizing cyberbullies (whether adults or children)
5) Amendments to the Education Act – school administrators need to cooperate fully with investigations.
6) …. plus more

http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20130425001
My one big hmmm question is this …. will the other Canadian provinces follow suit? If so, when? Why have we not heard more from what may be happening everywhere else?  We know that the federal government has determined that cyberbullying by sending out exploitive photos will hopefully be addressed.  Alberta has appointed a new minister to define how to provide increased safety, awareness, resources and supports to families and kids.  Manitoba is looking at ways to counteract the bullying.  The Board of Education in New Brunswick has a department for Cyberbullying with parent/teacher groups that meet on a regular basis (for which I have been invited to join via teleconference).   British Columbia has ERASE Bullying.  However, the reporting tool is on summer vacation right now.  It is my thought that a tool like this needs to be open year round as bullying/cyberbullying usually doesn’t take a vacation.

 

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B.C. needs similar Cyber Safety Laws also (as do the other provinces). To Christy Clark and all other government officials, we owe it to our children and youth to make it a safer place for our kids.

Amanda Todd was a British Columbian. She loved where she lived. The various systems that governed her care have not been without issues, but slowly, we are continuing to work with these departments.   We can’t forget about the kids we have lost or the ones we have nearly lost.  We need to celebrate the ones that are still with us.  Please don’t forget Amanda and all the other children who need changes to be made!!!

I have spoken with Alex’ dad and the days are on countdown until we leave for Ontario.  He is so excited.  We will all be on the Roy Green Show this Saturday @ 12:30 (PST).  As the excitement builds … 4 more sleeps.
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About Carol Todd

Being the mother of Amanda Todd has lead me on this journey shortly after Amanda's death on October 10, 2012. Amanda's prolific You Tube video has been viewed over 33 million times. Through this video, there has been an increased awareness about cyberbullying, social media safety and mental health. www.amandatoddlegacy.org
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11 Responses to August 8 – Cyber Safety Act in Nova Scotia (good job)

  1. merle48 says:

    I found this little quote which speaks volumes for me to Amanda and all the children who have left us too soon. “Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
    Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.”
    ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Evangeline”
    May God’s peace be with you and your family Carol, today and always. Your little angel is by your side…I feel that for sure!

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  2. la Punisher says:

    Amanda will be remembered, ‘Rest in peace Sweet Angel’

    Have a safe and happy trip tomorrow, Carol
    Hugz 2u

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  3. H.I.D. says:

    It is now Aug 10’th where I live.
    Thinking of Amanda, Forever Loved.
    You are in my Heart. Practically the Whole World loves You.
    Here is a song I recently found, and after the 1’st time viewing it, it almost sunk me.
    Stay Strong Everyone.

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  4. H.I.D. says:

    Arrests made in Reteah Parsons suicide.
    Police have 2 in custody.

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  5. merle48 says:

    Hooray for Alex! Hooray for Nova Scotia on passing this cyberbullying law! Amanda and the other children that had/have to endure this torment are forever ingrained in our hearts. Never to be forgotten. Hooray for you Carol, for trying to make positive changes in people’s lives! ” Staying positive is one of the hardest fights, though I’m happy I’m in it.” ~Daniel

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  6. la Punisher says:

    Thumbs up for NS, It’s a step in the right direction, Now if the Federal and BC provincial Gov’t would step up to the plate and be more constructive than our children can start feeling a little more secured and start blooming the way they are suppose to instead of being trampled on.
    Hoping you have a safe, happy and relaxed trip, Take time to enjoy.

    Hugz 2U Carol

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  7. Savetheworld says:

    Congratulations tote province of Nova Scotia! This needs to be implemented in every province yesterday!!!

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