Cyberbullying is a form of extreme bullying among youth via technology. It is abusive, targeted, deliberate and repeated behaviour that is intended to damage and harm another young person.
Through the operations of Cybertip.ca, Canada’s tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children, we have seen a marked increase in reports from youth ranging from 12 to 17 years of age. A large percentage of reports made by teens are with regard to sexual images/videos being created and distributed via the Internet and/or electronic devices, sometimes as a form of bullying.
Recognizing the diverse and complex nature of this issue, and our role in preventing the online sexual exploitation of children, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection has developed educational modules and student activity books focused on addressing the specific combination of sexual exploitation/violence, technology and bullying among youth.
Created in response to emerging online risks and designed to address adults using technology to exploit children for a sexual purpose, self/peer exploitation (sexting or selfies) and cyberbullying, lessons include:
Created to address the harmful impacts and the potential legal implications with youth engaged in sexual exploitation/violence, extreme bullying and the misuse of technology, lessons include:
NeedHelpNow.ca is a national resource to help youth navigate the challenges of removing sexual pictures from the Internet, deal with peers and provides information on the supports needed to help them manage the spread of sexual pictures and the social fallout that often occurs.
The School and Family Approaches to Intervention and Prevention: Addressing Self/Peer Exploitation resource guide is designed to assist schools, school-based police officers, and families addressing incidents of self/peer exploitation.
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Glen Canning, father of Rehtaeh Parsons speaks to the critical need to address cyberbullying