A recent law passed in Nova Scotia has defined cyberbulling as any electronic communication that is intended or ought to reasonably be expected to cause fear, intimidation, humiliation, distress or other damage or harm to another person’s health, emotional well-being, self-esteem or reputation.
They are broad terms that many Canadians are saying go too far and too soon.
Similar laws have been passed globally when national opinion or opportunity is present… especially when emotions run high after a traffic event.
In Nova Scotia, a young girl was bullied into depression and ultimate suicide. After the passing of the bill, two young men have been charged in her death.
New anti-bullying units have also been deployed… and protection can be provided to a victim, without even hearing from the alleged bully.
The alleged bully can be gagged from saying anything about his accuser. They can be barred from using electronic communication devices, including computers and smart phones. Internet services can be cut off. Officials can seize records of all online behavior and any texts that have been sent or received.
All of this can be done without proven allegations. Tell us what you think about this new law, and if similar laws should be brought to the U.S.
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