By Sarah Klein
Manitoba is increasing its effort to combat cyberbullying against children.
The province and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection announced the strengthening of their partnership on Tuesday to provide new anti-bullying programs and services.
“In the last few years, the issue of self/peer exploitation and cyberbullying has become a growing concern for parents and school personnel across Canada,” said Lianna McDonald, executive director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. “By working together, Manitoba youth, families, schools and communities will have access to the critical educational resources and support they need when addressing the collision between sexual exploitation, technology and bullying among peers.”
The partnership will include a resource guide to assist schools in responding to incidents where teens have been negatively impacted by a sexual picture/video being shared by peers.
It will also promote educational resources, such as a new website (NeedHelpNow.ca) to support youth who may be cyberbullied, develop further resources for grades 8 to 10, and host the second annual Safe and Caring School Leadership Conference on cybersafety in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection next May.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children.