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Recommendation 1

The Committee recommends that the federal government work with provincial and territorial governments to help establish a coordinated strategy to address cyberbullying, that:

  • Is implemented in accordance with Canada`s obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child;
  • Is developed through consultations with Canadian children;
  • Includes a plan for promoting awareness throughout Canada about cyberbullying and the relevant programs available for children and parents;
  • Seeks to ensure that anti-cyberbullying programs and resources are available in every region;
  • Develops consistent and clear messages regarding cyberbullying and other inappropriate behaviour when using telecommunications technology;
  • Seeks to publicly share best practices and evidence-based assessments concerning anti-cyberbullying programs and policies; and
  • Establishes mechanisms for further cooperation among relevant stakeholders.
Recommendation 2 The Committee recommends that the promotion of human rights education and digital citizenship be a key component of any coordinated strategy to address cyberbullying developed in partnership by the federal, provincial and territorial governments.
Recommendation 3 The Committee recommends that the promotion of restorative justice initiatives be a key component of any coordinated strategy to address cyberbullying developed in partnership by the federal, provincial and territorial governments.
Recommendation 4 The Committee recommends that the Government of Canada prioritize working with relevant industry stakeholders to make the Internet safer for children and support these stakeholders in finding ways for removing and monitoring offensive, defamatory or otherwise illegal online content in a manner that respects privacy, freedom of expression and other relevant rights.
Recommendation 5 The Committee recommends that the federal government explore the possibility of working with the provinces and territories to establish a task force whose terms of reference would be to define cyberbullying and to establish a uniform manner of monitoring it nationally.
Recommendation 6 The Committee recommends that the federal government work with the provinces to support long-term research initiatives to enhance our understanding of the phenomenon of cyberbullying and to provide us with information about gender differences, risk factors and protective factors linked to cyberbullying and about the influence of information and communication technologies on the social and emotional development of young people.
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