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The purpose of the cyberbullying web page is to help BC teachers cope with cyberbullying in their classrooms and in their personal lives. 

What is cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying has been defined by Canadian educator Bill Belsey as “the use of information and communication technologies (such as e-mail, cell phones, pager text messages, instant messaging, and defamatory personal websites) to support deliberate, repeated and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others”.

Belsey is the creator of www.cyberbullying.org, the first website about the issue of cyberbullying. His article, Cyberbullying: An Emerging Threat to the “always on” Generation PDF file; Acrobat Reader required., provides further context and a general overview of the topic.

Tips for Teachers

Canadian Teachers’ Federation. Cybertips for teachers.


Articles & Reports

Canadian research on cyberbullying of students, as well as cyberbullying directed against teachers and other educators.

Hango, D. (2016). Cyberbullying and cyberstalking among Internet users aged 15 to 29 in Canada. Insights on Canadian Society. December. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 75-006-X.

Smith, A., Poon, C., Neumayer, H., & McCreary Centre Society. (2016). Untangling the web: Online safety and sexting among BC youth . Vancouver, BC: McCreary Centre Society.         

Steeves, Valerie. (2014). Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Dealing with Online Meanness, Cruelty and Threats: MediaSmarts.


The Bully Project website has assembled tools and resources to help you prevent bullying and create a more caring respectful community.

Canadian Red Cross provides information on cyberbullying and abuse prevention.


Cybersmart Education not only addresses online safety and security issues, but also fosters 21st century skills to increase student engagement and prepare students to achieve in today’s digital society. 

Government of Canada provides information for parents on cyberbullying.

Kids in the Know the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s national safety education program. The program engages students with interactive activities to help build skills that increase their personal safety and reduce their risk of victimization online and in the real world.

Media Smarts has developed a series of bilingual lessons to give students a better understanding of the ethical and legal implications of cyber bullying and to promote positive Internet use.

NeedHelpNow.ca, an initiative of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, aims to provide information to youth who have been negatively impacted by a sexual picture or video being shared by peers. The site offers guidance to help young people get through the situation, and also offers tips for helping youth through a sexting or cyberbullying crisis.  

PrevNet: Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network has basic information on what cyberbullying is.

West Coast LEAF: Is that Legal?
This plain language legal guide was developed for youth and is a multilingual resource.

Compiled by BCTF Information Services
Last modified May 23, 2018

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