Canadian Cyber Bullying Quotes
With new devices being introduced, bullies have found a new platform to harass their victims. Various devices, such as computers, tablets and smart phones have opened the gates for bullies, which prey on their victims through platforms such as social media sites, texting, messaging, email, blogs and other public forums.
As technology changes, laws about bullying have had to keep up with the times. Canadian officials have been working together to create programs and initiatives that focus on the education, awareness and prevention of cyber bullying.
Activists against cyber bullying have also come together, many of which have offered quotes on bullying that have been published and re-published as a means to help raise awareness.
There are many different forms of bullying, all of which can have a huge impact on a Canadian teen’s self-esteem, performance at school and how he or she interacts with others on a day-to-day basis. So what makes cyber bullying different than in-person bullying? Let’s take a look.
Cyber bullying involves the use of various forms of technology to harass another. Forms of harassment can include:
- Spreading rumors to damage ones reputation
- Sending emails and texts that are hurtful and/or threatening
- Posting information on blogs, websites and social media that are slanderous
- Sharing photos, videos and/or stories that are embarrassing
- Altering someone’s profile in a negative way (stealing or hacking passwords)
- Gossiping in a hurtful way in public chat rooms
- Excluding someone from public chat rooms, social media sites and other public forums on the internet
All of the above forms of harassment are intentional and designed to cause mental, social and sometimes, physical (self-inflicted) harm on the victim. These acts of harassment have the same effect as physical or in-personal bullying. The only difference is there is a piece of technology standing between the bully and his or her intended victim.
According to a report by Public Safety Canada, Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, launched an anti-bullying campaign in 2014 to help raise awareness of cyber bullying and its legal consequences. This campaign was known as StopHatingOnline and was intended to encourage youth to take action in preventing cyber bullying. It also encouraged youth to be proactive in reporting all acts of bullying through social media and other forms of technology.
One of Blaney’s anti cyber bullying quotes in the report was:
“Cyberbullying is harmful to young Canadian across the country, and has led to tragic consequences in some situations. Our Government is tackling the issue of cyberbullying by providing youth with the knowledge that their actions can have serious consequences and, in some cases, may even amount to criminal activity.”
Another cyber bullying quote from Blaney was:
“Too many families across this country have experienced the devastating effects of cyberbullying. Our Government will not stand by and watch the online harassment of our children. Thanks to this national campaign, we are informing parents and youth about cyberbullying and how it can amount to criminal activity.”
Cyber Bullying Statistics in Canada
There are many quotes about cyber bullying, many of which were said to help stop this heinous act of abuse which occurs in our society. Just to show how serious cyber bullying is in Canada, here are some statistics from the Canadian Institute of Health Research:
- Out of 15 countries, Canada has the 9th highest rate of bullying among 13 year olds
- 1 in 3 adolescents have reported being bullied
- 47 percent of parents have reported acts of bullying against their children
- 7 percent of Canadian Internet users age 18 and older, have reported being a victim of cyber bullying during their life
- Threatening and aggressive messages are the most common form of cyber bullying in Canada
- 25 percent of kids between 12 and 15 have witnessed some form of cyber bullying
- 17 percent of boys and 15 percent of girls have witnessed online harassment
- More than half of all teens have a negative view of social media
Cyber bullying quotes made by public figures and victims help bring awareness to the above statistics. The more awareness brought to this form of bullying, the greater the chances are these acts will be prevented and stopped.
Preventing Cyber Bullying
It is the hope that stop cyber bullying quotes bring awareness to this form of bullying. Through awareness, it might be possible to prevent cyber bullying from starting or catching problems before they get out of control. Education is one of the best ways to help prevent cyber bullying from occurring in Canada.
Here are a couple of quotes on cyber bullying and preventing it:
- “Education and awareness among youth and parents is critical to addressing the growing issue of cyberbullying. The Government of Canada’s investment in education and prevention reinforces the important role we all play in promoting safe and respectful online connections among youth.” – Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
- “We are pleased to see that our Government is dedicated and committed to protecting our youth against all forms of violence. Today, the issue of cyberbullying is of growing concern and, in the past few months, we have witnessed first-hand the devastating consequences not only on the families but society itself. It is important to sensitize the public regarding this issue. It is imperative that we provide adults, educators and youth with the necessary tools, resources and support should they ever find themselves having to deal with such a situation. Most importantly, we need to prevent these incidents from ever occurring.” – Pina Arcamone, Director General, Missing Children’s Network
Victims speak out
Over the years, more and more Canadian victims and their families are starting to speak up about their first-hand experiences dealing with cyberbullies. Because of this, we are seeing more cyber bullying quotes from victims and their families make into the news as a means to help increase awareness. Here is one of those quotes from a members of a victim’s family:
“The message for children and parents is that cyberbullying is not ‘child’s play’ and can affect anyone whether they are strong, confident or not. Rehtaeh was a normal teen with high grades and great expectations. Once she became the ‘target’ of harassment via texting and Facebook (after her photo was shared), within days she changed and never fully recovered from the isolation and humiliation. When a person is the ‘target’ of such harassment and is labeled, it diminishes the fact that the person is a human being with feelings and the behavious of sending awful message becomes justified.” – Leah Parsons, mother of bullying victim Rehtaeh Parsons
Many people have their own quote about cyber bullying, including the following:
- “Cyberbullying is an issue that affects all of us and demands that Canadians work together to put an end to it. This national public awareness campaign is an important step in protecting our children online. Along with our government’s introduction of Bill C-13, the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act, we are taking clear action to tackle cyberbullying.” – Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
- “Education and awareness of community resources are key. Canada’s police services are determined to help put an end to bullying. We need to continuously develop and promote community approaches, education, assistance and discussion amongst families and teens.” – Chief Eric Jolliffe, Chair of the CACP Victims Crime Committee
- “Cyberbullying is a serious and growing problem that is impacting far too many young people. We applaud the Government of Canada’s efforts to prevent future tragedies by raising the public’s awareness of this issue and investing in educational and prevention initiatives.” Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.
- “Unless and until our society recognizes cyber bullying for what it is, the suffering of thousands of silent victims will continue.” – Anna Maria Chavez
- “Cyberbullying is Bullying. Hiding behind a pretty screen, doesn’t make it less hateful, written words have power.” – Anonymous
- “Bullying is not okay. Period.” – Jim C. Hines
As you can see, there are a lot of people who are supporting all anti-cyberbullying campaigns in Canada. All of the above listed cyber bully quotes prove how serious officials in Canada are taking the effects of cyber bullying and the need to take action now. Hopefully these quotes, and the many others that have been published, will help spread awareness about cyberbullying and help encourage parents and teenagers to come forward, get help and educate others about the effects these acts have on the victims.