It has been a routine that when someone needs something, he or she can proceed to the Internet for his or her need to be catered. But on the other side of the Internet, crimes after crimes spread. Anything that takes place in cyberspace, or all electronic or internet means of communication can potentially produce cyber victims. A Cybercriminal use the computer as their object …show more content…
We are asking the federal government to work with the provinces and territories on coordinating an anti-bullying strategy that includes a plan to increase awareness of cyberbullying across the country and support programs for children and parents.
I want to share some of the voices we heard during the hearing. Shelby Anderson, a student from Springbank Middle School told the committee:
Cyberbullying is everywhere, and it really hurts. It makes you want to crawl in a hole and just stay there. It makes you feel like you are the only one and no one is out there to help you; no one can help you.
Families need to know that there are services and supports available to them, no matter which part of the country they live in. They need to be confident that the appropriate programs are being offered. We heard from some witnesses that implementing the wrong program for a particular community can do more harm than good. Programs are currently being delivered in a piecemeal fashion across Canada, meaning young people are often getting different messages about …show more content…
Cyberbullying is a form of bullying that presents a new challenge for young people due to the complexities of growing up in the digital era. They are navigating a cyberworld of ever-changing frontiers and possibilities while parents and caregivers are often unaware of the significant role that the Internet and mobile devices can play in their lives. Each new generation faces challenges that the older generation struggles to comprehend.
For young people, technology shapes the way they access information, interact with one another, and define themselves as individuals. Yet, many do not fully understand the short- or long-term consequences of their online actions on themselves or others and do not heed to the maxim "think before you post."
We learned from young people that, for those who are cyberbullied, it sometimes feels like there is no escape. Many suffer in silence for fear that parents will take away their Internet access or smart phone. For them, this would mean being cut off from a big part of their social lives. It can be hard for them to know where to turn for