On Wednesday, our Conservative Government introduced the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act. We are delivering on our commitment in the 2013 Speech from the Throne to help ensure that our children are better protected against all types of bullying including cyberbullying.
The impact of cyberbullying is far reaching and it goes far beyond the schoolyard. As Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, “I think we’ve got to stop using just the term ‘bullying’ to describe some of these things. Bullying to me has a kind of connotation… kids misbehaving. What we are dealing with in some of these circumstances is simply criminal activity.” With the click of a computer mouse, a person can be victimized before the entire world. Such conduct can destroy lives and clearly demands a stronger criminal justice response.
The legislation we introduced includes several important measures to help protect our children from cyberbullying. It will:
- prohibit the non-consensual distribution of intimate images
- empower a court to order the removal of intimate images from the Internet
- permit the court to order forfeiture of the computer, cell phone or other device used in the offence
- provide for reimbursement to victims for costs incurred in removing the intimate image from the Internet or elsewhere
- empower the court to make an order to prevent someone from distributing intimate images
Our Conservative Government is committed to helping ensure that our children are safe from online predators and from online exploitation.