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Media advisory: New website aims to help reduce, prevent cyber-bullying


Published: 12 May 2011

Bilingual site provides youth, parents and teachers with guidelines for online behaviour

A McGill University research team led by Prof. Shaheen Shariff will launch on May 19 a new website that will help define and discourage cyber-bullying, while encouraging socially responsible digital citizenship. The site promises to become a valuable resource for youth, parents and educators across North America, providing advice from leading experts in a user-friendly format.

http://definetheline.ca will, for example, help stakeholders define the lines at which:

  • joking and teasing become criminal harassment and criminal threats;
  • regulations, laws and policies turn into limits on free expression;
  • rumours, lies or demeaning images posted on social media can ruin a peer or teacher’s reputation and become cyber-libel.

Media are invited to attend the launch event on Thursday, May 19. Media may also register to attend in-school demonstrations of the website on May 17 or May 18.

WHO: Prof. Shaheen Shariff, Associate Professor at McGill University and Affiliate Scholar at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society

WHAT: Launch of definetheline.ca, a website devoted to clarifying the blurred lines between cyber-bullying and socially responsible digital citizenship.

WHEN: May 19, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WHERE: McGill University Faculty Club, 3450 McTavish Street, Montreal.

On the Web: http://definetheline.ca


Contact Information

Contact: Christopher Chipello
Organization: Media Relations Office, McGill University
Office Phone: 514 398-4201
Source Site: /newsroom
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