Government Taking Steps to Raise Awareness on and to Prevent Cyberbullying in Ontario

Published on November 20, 2019

Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville, Kaleed Rasheed to Proclaim Stop Cyberbullying Day in the Province Of Ontario.

MISSISSAUGA – To commemorate Bullying Awareness and Prevention week, Kaleed Rasheed Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville, is tabling a motion to proclaim Stop Cyberbullying Day in Ontario Act, 2019. If passed, the new legislation proclaims the first Friday in June of each year as Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day. The internationally recognized date to Stop Cyberbullying is currently not recognized in the province of Ontario, MPP Rasheed would like to change that.

“We know cyberbullying is on the rise in Ontario.  We recognize that awareness alone is not enough. Right now, during Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, we have significant momentum to put forward this legislation,” said MPP Rasheed. “We will partner with a wide range of organizations to promote and extend existing programming and training that will help stop cyberbullying at the grassroots level.”

The province of Ontario has seen a rise in cases of cyberbullying. Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day will increase awareness and prevention while contributing to the elimination of cyberbullying in Ontario. This day will encourage discussion in schools and workplaces which will provide children and adults the tools they need to protect themselves from cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying can have significant and lifelong physical and mental health effects on children and adults, as well as many other personal and social consequences for both victims and perpetrators. In extreme circumstances, the effects of cyberbullying can cost a life. 

 “Grateful to MPP Rasheed - a passionate advocate and parent - who is taking action to combat cyberbullying in all of its forms,” said Education Minister Stephen Lecce. “We are working together to strengthen oversight, enforcement, training, and education to ensure our students remain safe from the classroom to the family room.”

“Cyberbullying is a serious issue with far-reaching consequences for students and their families across Ontario,” said Sam Oosterhoff, the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education. “I applaud my colleague for introducing Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day that will raise awareness of this threat, and encourage necessary discussions in schools, homes and workplaces.”

“I want to thank MPP Rasheed for his leadership in raising awareness about the serious issue of cyberbullying, which affects young people and their families across Ontario,” said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. “All of us play a part in ensuring that young people remain safe in our increasingly digital world.”

“Cyberbullying can occur suddenly, cause endless suffering and leave victims feeling hopeless and powerless. Our government is determined to stand up against cyberbullying at every opportunity and to support victims of this senseless behaviour.” Attorney General, Doug Downey.

Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day will create awareness of the problem of cyberbullying and help lead to its prevention. It will give children and adults the tools they need to protect themselves from cyberbullying by encouraging discussion in schools and in workplaces.

Quick Facts

  • Cyberbullying consists of electronic communication that, directly or indirectly, causes or is likely to cause harm to another individual’s physical and mental health or wellbeing.
  • It can include intimidation, threats and harassment and can have significant and lifelong negative effects on children and adults.
  • Overall, approximately one out of every five teenagers has been the target of cyberbullying, and one out of every six has been a cyberbully at some point in their lifetimes.
  • In their recent and comprehensive synthesis of research on cyberbullying found that victimization rates ranged from 2.3% to 72%, with the average being 21%.

About Kaleed Rasheed, MPP

Kaleed Rasheed is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville. He is currently the Deputy Government Whip and the Chair of the Legislative Assembly committee.  MPP Rasheed has lived in Mississauga East-Cooksville for over 15 years.

MPP Rasheed is a long-time community advocate, passionate about his involvement with local organizations and causes. He is keen on bringing his technological background into his work as an MPP, to help create policies that will protect Ontarians online.

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Media Contact

Naila Mahmood

Legislative Advisor to Kaleed Rasheed, MPP

Kaleed.rasheed@pc.ola.org