Nova Scotia introduces legislation to fight cyberbullying
By QMI Agency
Nova Scotia introduced a new act on Thursday that would help protect victims and hold cyberbullies accountable for their actions.
The legislation, if passed, will create the first cyber-investigative unit in Canada and allow victims and their families to get protection orders from the courts. It will also give school principals the authority to act against bullying or cyberbullying, whether on or off school grounds.
"For too long, cyberbullies have been able to torment others, knowing the authorities would have a hard time holding them accountable," Justice Minister Ross Landry said in a release. "That is about to change.
"This legislation will help identify cyberbullies who often hide behind IP addresses or off school grounds, and stop their harmful actions."
The proposed legislation comes after a public outcry over the death of Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, who was taken off life-support earlier this month after she tried to hang herself. Rehtaeh was allegedly raped by four teenage boys when she was 15, and tormented when photos of the alleged attack circulated among her classmates, her family says.
The Cyber Safety Act would create a new Cyber SCAN investigative unit that would investigate complaints, negotiate resolutions and seek a cyberbullying prevention order if necessary, the province said.
Under the new legislation, victims and their families will be able to apply for a court protection order that could ban a person from contacting the victim, talking about them online or using electronic communication.
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