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September 8, 2014                    Scarborough, ON                      Public Safety Canada

Today, the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Parliamentary Secretary and Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre, Roxanne James, announced the third phase of the Harper Government’s anti-cyberbullying awareness campaign, Stop Hating Online. Through this national awareness campaign, our Government is taking action to protect our children and youth from cyberbullying.

Building on the success of this winter’s campaign to raise awareness about cyberbullying, the next phase of Stop Hating Online will feature the “Consequences” advertisement on television, in cinema and online. Our Government is also launching #WordsHurt, an interactive YouTube experience that demonstrates the profound impact that words can have.

Quick Facts

  • In January 2014, the Government of Canada launched the anti-cyberbullying national awareness campaign, Stop Hating Online, to raise awareness among Canadians of the impact of cyberbullying and how this behaviour amounts to criminal activity. Our Government also launched Canada.ca/StopHatingOnline, a comprehensive resource for parents and youth that includes information, advice and tools needed to identify, prevent and stop cyberbullying.
  • #WordsHurt is the first time the Government of Canada has used the YouTube environment to create an interactive experience.
  • Bill C-13, Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act, was introduced November 20, 2013. This legislation would make it a criminal offence to distribute intimate images without the consent of the person depicted.
  • Our Government is also supporting the development of a number of school-based projects to prevent cyberbullying as part of $10 million in funding that was committed in 2012 towards new crime prevention projects.
  • Other important projects that the Government supports to address cyberbullying include:
    • the RCMP’s Centre for Youth Crime Prevention, which offers resources such as fact sheets, lesson plans, and interactive learning tools, to youth, parents, police officers and educators on bullying and cyberbullying; and
    • the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s  Cybertip.ca and NeedHelpNow.ca websites, which Canadians can use to report online sexual exploitation of children and seek help from exploitation resulting from the non-consensual sharing of sexual images.

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“Our Government will not stand by and watch the online harassment of our children which is why I am pleased to introduce to you today the next phase of our Government’s Stop Hating Online anti-cyberbullying awareness campaign. Since it was launched in January 2014, this national campaign has been very successful by informing parents and youth about cyberbullying, how to prevent it, and how it can cross the line into criminal activity. Putting an end to cyberbullying requires a response by all levels of government, stakeholders and community partners, including both parents and youth.”
– The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance

“The next phase of the anti-cyberbullying awareness campaign, Stop Hating Online, is yet another example of how our Government is taking strong action to protect our children and youth from cyberbullying. Today’s launch of the #WordsHurt interactive YouTube experience demonstrates the profound impact that words can have. It sends a strong message to young people that there are consequences for their actions online, and that those actions can have a serious and damaging effect on real people in the real world. We all have an important part to play to end bullying in Canada.”
– The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“Our Government is committed to keeping our streets and communities safe which includes protecting our children and youth from cyberbullying. The Stop Hating Online campaign has been incredibly successful at giving parents and youth the necessary tools to identify, prevent and stop cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is an issue that affects us all and demands that Canadians work together to put an end to it.”
– Roxanne James, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

"Our vision at the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough is to help ensure all children and youth discover and achieve their dreams and grow up to be healthy, successful and active participants in society. We all have a shared responsibility to keep our children safe and secure. We are encouraged to see the excellent work that is being done by the Government of Canada to draw attention to the very serious issue of cyberbullying, which can have a serious impact on the well-being of our children and youth.”
– Ron Rock, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough

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