In Cyberbullying Hurts: Respect for Rights in the Digital Age, the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights examines the phenomenon of cyberbullying and its impact on young Canadians. On November 30, 2011, the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights was given the mandate to examine and report upon this issue with regard to Canada’s human rights obligations under Article 19 of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (the “Convention”). This article requires that countries who have signed the Convention take appropriate steps to protect children from all forms of physical and mental violence, including cyberbullying. Although we heard from many experts in this field, it is the voices of the young witnesses the Committee met with that are particularly important, for it is their generation that will most significantly shape how this technology is used in the future. There are several witness references to the role of CRIA in developing responses to this issue.
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