BC’s children’s watchdog has teamed up with BC’s Privacy Commissioner demanding the provincial government do more to protect children and youth from cyber bullying.
A joint report authored by children’s representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham says the Province should create a comprehensive strategy to tackle cyber bullying.
They recommend the Attorney General develop prosecution guidelines when applying criminal law to cyber bullying that best reflects a child-centred approach.
They also suggest the Ministry of Education include cyber bullying in the newly revamped curriculum, that teachers get professional development training on the subject , and for cyber bulling awareness to be mandatory in all school codes of conduct.
The report also says social media companies should develop policies to assist children, youth and their families to remove inappropriate content online.