Thursday, April 25, 2013

Government of Nova Scotia introduces anti-cyberbullying bill

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.

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