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Stop Bullying… by Design

While the Internet has brought many benefits to society and our everyday lives, it comes with a dark side. Online social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become the new schoolyard for bullies. However, unlike bullies of days past, cyberbullies have the ability to hide behind a wall of anonymity and worst of all, their cruelty doesn’t stop when the school day ends. This new form of bullying can carry on twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The harm they inflict on their victims can have devastating effects. For some, it has led to the most tragic of consequences – teenagers who have taken their own lives because of cyberbullying.

Sadly, the unfortunate reality is that people give out far too much information about themselves online, believing that their information is “private” and they are safe behind their screen. They are not – you are not. Young people need to take steps to protect themselves while they are online, especially on social networks. They must consider the potential risks when interacting online and use the strongest privacy settings available: only “friend” people you know in the real world, and only post information or photos that do not have the potential to come back and haunt you at a later time.

On this section of our website you will find information about online safety, what to do if you become the victim of a bully, or if you witness a bullying incident, advice for parents and teachers, and important resources.

Commissioner’s Corner on YouTube about Bullying

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