In the wake of the death of teen Amanda Todd, who took her own life after being blackmailed, bullied and stalked over the Internet Oct. 10, more needs to be done to protect children from bullying online and at school said politicians on Parliament Hill Thursday.
“It’s about doing the things we can do as legislators,” said NDP MP and former teacher, Paul Dewar. “There’s a lack of accountability online. We have to look at ways dealing with it on a federal level.”
Dewar suggested that one way would be legislate Internet service providers to include a clause in their code of conduct which addresses cyber bullying.
Dewar was just one of a host of MPs, including Justin Trudeau, and former Ottawa police chief come Senator Vern White, who showed up to speak with youth from Jer’s Vision, a group that promotes anti-bullying measures across Canada.
“It’s important that we think of this as a non-partisan issue,” said NDP MP Craig Scott who tabled Bill C-448 Monday to repeal a part of the Criminal Code to change the age of consent for anal sex from 18 to 16 years old.
“The current law means that we have a stigmatizing signal in our legislation,” Scott said. Jer’s Vision applauded the move as a way to break down the stigma around homosexuality.
“Anyone can get bullied and it’s wrong,” said Green Party leader Elizabeth May, who said that teens being bullied should contact their MP. “I think we should stand with everyone across the country to prevent teen youth suicides.”