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Toronto Sun - When cyberbullying crosses the line

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Published: 23 May 2011

In the online world, few are aware that there's a fine line between teasing and criminal harassment. Fewer still know that lies or demeaning images posted on social media can become cyber-libel.

In the online world, few are aware that there's a fine line between teasing and criminal harassment. Fewer still know that lies or demeaning images posted on social media can become cyber-libel.

A new bilingual website - www.definetheline.ca - aimed at kids, teens, parents and teachers says it hopes to "clear the blurred lines between cyber-bullying and socially responsible digital citizenship." The resource-rich site was conceptualized by a McGill University research team, led by Prof. Shaheen Shariff,  an Associate Professor at McGill and an Affiliate Scholar at Stanford University's Centre for Internet and Society.

Shariff is an international expert on cyberbullying. Her latest book on the subject is Cyber-Bullying: Issues and Solutions for the School, the Classroom and the Home.

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