Chalk this up as another reason Canada is better than the US and far more progressive. When there is a cry from their citizens, it is answered.
This is exactly what I have been saying should be allowed and even promoted here in the US. The only way cyberbullying is ever going to go away is when the parent of the bullies wake up and realize their child is a bully and step in to stop it. What better motivation could there be other than being on the wrong end of a civil suit?
Someone in this article actually spells it out and says pretty much exactly what I have been saying for a long time… it’s time to wake the hell up here in the US and deal with this the right way: you have the right to say what you want – but I have the right you drag you through court!
“It’s going to be a big wake-up call. Once you get a few people in court, and being charged with cyberbullying crimes — or you’ve got some parents being brought up on charges of crimes their children committed — then you’re going to see people turn their heads and kind of take notice that you’re not hiding behind keyboards anymore,” he said.
August 7, 2013
N.S. cyberbullying legislation allows victims to sue
Law enables victims to apply for protection orders or identify alleged cyberbullies
Stricter cyberbullying legislation is now in place in Nova Scotia, giving victims the ability to sue alleged cyberbullies.
The protections for victims of cyberbullying are part of the new Cyber-Safety Act, implemented by Justice Minister Ross Landry on Wednesday, aimed at protecting victims and holding bullies responsible.
If alleged cyberbullies are minors, the new legislation allows victims to hold the bully’s parents responsible.
The legislation allows victims to apply for protection orders to place restrictions on, or identify, the cyberbully.
“Too many young people and their families are being hurt by cyberbullies. I committed to families that the province would work with them to better protect our children and young people. Court orders, and the ability to sue, are more tools that help put a stop to this destructive behaviour,” said Landry in a news release.
“This sends a clear message, cyberbullying is a serious act with serious consequences. Think before you text.” [READ FULL STORY]