Canada may spy on kids – to stop cyberbullying.
Bullying is so much more than what the onlooker can see – and is so much more than what the news can report. Since 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons’ suicide in 2013, when photos of her alleged rape made rounds on social media, Canadians have started to take cyberbullying more seriously. Now the Canadian government is thinking of taking more serious actions to prevent and stop it.
Our federal government wants to “conduct an evaluation of an innovative cyberbullying prevention or intervention initiative” in a “sample of school-aged children and youth.” This according to this tender notice published by Public Safety Canada. The document shows the government has budgeted at least $60,000 for this program.
Ultimately, it seems this program would institute a digital surveillance to track and scans kids’ online communication. Is this an intrusive breach of privacy, or a necessary bridge of protection? Taking your calls and texts after 1pm: 204.780.6868.