In an effort to better understand and deal with cyber bullying, the province of Nova Scotia is setting up a task force to look into the issue and provide feedback from the community. Ramona Jennex, Education Minister for the province of Nova Scotia, says this move comes after two cases of teenage suicide, where cyber-bullying is known to have at least played a part.
Bill Belsey of CyberBullying.org describes cyber-bullying as "the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others."
The task force will consist of many different members, including parents, teachers, law enforcement, mental-health professionals, and school boards. Wether the end result of the task force is legislation, programs to help youth, or something on the school district-level has yet to be decided, nor will it be until the appropriate research is carried out.
Minister Jennex claims "the growth of social media means more needs to be done to safeguard children, despite policies to address bullying in schools." In an interview with CBC News, she states that "[Cyber-bullying] is anonymous and can go viral very quickly, so we need to find ways, if we can, to put a stop to this."
“The government cannot stop all bullying with a change in policies,” said Jennex. “But we have an obligation to bring people together to find solutions that help children and families to be and remain safe from bullying.