Cyberbullying study calls for changes in Criminal Code

New Nova Scotia cyber-bullying legislation allows victims the ability to sue alleged cyberbullies.

 “It’s interesting that  the three most viewed posts in Dammit  still center on  Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons.”

I wrote that  on May 2 this year,  and that’s still the way it is.

Now, following Rehtaeh’s suicide by hanging, a report  from the the Coordinating Committee of Senior Officials Cybercrime Working Group titled Cyberbullying and the Non-consensual Distribution of Intimate Images, says »»»

[…] the Working Group acknowledges that cyberbullying is, in fact, a recent manifestation of the longstanding social problem of bullying.

The Working Group believes that a multi-faceted approach should be taken, which would include modernizing the Criminal Code. In that vein, the Working Group recommends that all levels of government continue to adopt and support a multi-pronged approach to addressing these issues.

Cyberbullying and the non-consensual distribution of intimate images are related social phenomena, the latter often being referred to as a type of cyberbullying. The core activities of both types of behaviour are not new (i.e., bullying and vengeful breaches of privacy), but the manner in which they are being carried out (i.e., via electronic means) has increased the reach and the scope of their impact.

Cyberbullying involves the use of information and communication technologies that support deliberate, hostile, and often repeated behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to hurt others. Although it is possible for anyone to be the victim of cyberbullying, as with bullying more generally, children and youth are the most common perpetrators and targets of this type of conduct.

The non-consensual distribution of intimate images involves the sharing of intimate images, often of a former partner, with third parties (either via the Internet or otherwise) without the consent of the person depicted in the image. Often the motivation is to take revenge against their former partner. Its effect is a violation of the former partner’s privacy in relation to images, the distribution of which is likely to be embarrassing, humiliating, harassing, or degrading to that person.

Rehtaeh2Cyberbullying and the non-consensual distribution of intimate images is gaining increased attention across Canada, due in part, to a number of high profile cases reported in the media in which these activities were cited as factors in teen suicide.

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