Cyberbullying

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Cyberbullying is becoming increasingly common as young people gain access to information technology. Unlike physical bullying, cyberbullies can remain virtually anonymous by using temporary email accounts or pseudonyms in chat rooms. In some cases, young people may actually know more about technology than their parents or guardians, enabling them to bully without concern of being discovered.

Cyberbullying can be particularly difficult to deal with because people tend to carry their cell phones all the time, and may need to leave them turned on. That leaves no refuge for the person being bullied.

In 2014 the Government of Canada is expected to pass legislation – the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act – which will make it a crime to distribute intimate images online without consent of the person.