The Government of Nova Scotia today tabled Bill 61 to create the Cyber-safety Act. In response to high-profile cyberbullying incidents in the province, some of which have had tragic outcomes, the Bill seeks to do a number of things, including:
- Providing for protective orders in cases of cyberbullying
- Creating a free-standing tort of cyberbullying, for which a young cyberbully's parents are jointly and severally responsible unless they can prove they exercised reasonable supervision
- Creates cyber-bullying prevention orders
I haven't had a chance to review it clause by clause, but I expect I'll have some comments to add later.
(Added 2013-04-27) To see the "in place" amendments to the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods Act, I've created a redlined Google Doc.