PM participates in roundtable on cyberbullying in Winnipeg

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today participated in a roundtable in Winnipeg to discuss practical solutions on how to protect youth from cyberbullying. The Prime Minister also toured the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, an organization that provides programs and services aimed at reducing child victimization.

“Recently a number of tragic events have highlighted the serious effects cyberbullying is having on our youth,” said Prime Minister Harper.  “We have an obligation to help put an end to harmful online harassment and exploitation in all its forms, and today’s roundtable with victims’ families and experts will help inform what further actions need to be taken to combat cyberbullying.”

The Prime Minister was joined at the roundtable by Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety; Joyce Bateman, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre; Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection; Carol Todd, mother of Amanda Todd; Leah Parsons (spouse Jason Barnes also present) and Glen Canning (spouse Krista Canning also present), parents of Rehtaeh Parsons; Pam Murchison, mother of Jenna Bowers-Bryanton; Jo-Anne Landolt, aunt of Kimberly Proctor; Sharon Wood, President and CEO of Kids Help Phone; Sheldon Kennedy, Co-Founder of Respect Group Inc.; and, Dr. Wendy Craig, Professor of Psychology at Queen’s University and Scientific Co-Director of PREVNet.

The Harper Government supports a range of education, awareness, prevention and enforcement activities to combat bullying, including cyberbullying, to help keep our young people safe online. These include: working with provincial and territorial partners to identify best practices; reviewing the Criminal Code to address any gaps related to cyberbullying; and informing Canadians about online safety through GetCyberSafe.gc.ca.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a leader in helping youth address cyberbullying. The organization recently launched a new online resource NeedHelpNow.ca, designed to help Canadian youth deal with the negative consequences of the creation and distribution of sexual content online. The site offers tips on removing content, strategies for dealing with peers and guidance moving forward. 

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