Today, the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Parliamentary Secretary and Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre, Roxanne James, announced the third phase of the Harper Government’s anti-cyberbullying awareness campaign, Stop Hating Online. Through this national awareness campaign, our Government is taking action to protect our children and youth from cyberbullying.
Building on the success of this winter’s campaign to raise awareness about cyberbullying, the next phase of Stop Hating Online will feature the “Consequences” advertisement on television, in cinema and online. Our Government is also launching #WordsHurt, an interactive YouTube experience that demonstrates the profound impact that words can have.
•In January 2014, the Government of Canada launched the anti-cyberbullying national awareness campaign, Stop Hating Online, to raise awareness among Canadians of the impact of cyberbullying and how this behaviour amounts to criminal activity. Our Government also launched Canada.ca/StopHatingOnline, a comprehensive resource for parents and youth that includes information, advice and tools needed to identify, prevent and stop cyberbullying.
•#WordsHurt is the first time the Government of Canada has used the YouTube environment to create an interactive experience.
•Bill C-13, Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act, was introduced November 20, 2013. This legislation would make it a criminal offence to distribute intimate images without the consent of the person depicted.
•Our Government is also supporting the development of a number of school-based projects to prevent cyberbullying as part of $10 million in funding that was committed in 2012 towards new crime prevention projects.
•Other important projects that the Government supports to address cyberbullying include:
◦the RCMP’s Centre for Youth Crime Prevention, which offers resources such as fact sheets, lesson plans, and interactive learning tools, to youth, parents, police officers and educators on bullying and cyberbullying; and
◦the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s Cybertip.ca and NeedHelpNow.ca websites, which Canadians can use to report online sexual exploitation of children and seek help from exploitation resulting from the non-consensual sharing of sexual images.