Clicks and Stones: Cyberbullying & Digital Citizenship

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 09:00 to 12:00
Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario Canada

Clicks and Stones:  Cyberbullying, Digital Citizenship and the Challenges of Legal Response

Governments are reacting to the cyberbullying phenomenon by calling for new criminal sanctions.  In Canada, several provinces and the Canadian Senate have examined this complex issue in depth.  The Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights has made seven recommendations to the federal government, including promoting human rights education and the values of “Digital Citizenship.”   At the same time, cyberbullying cases are reaching the courts here and elsewhere, revealing limits to the ability to address the problem with our legal systems.  What’s the most effective approach?  Join the discussion on May 3, when the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work present two panels composed of Canadian and US experts on this important issue.  

Panel 1:           Digital Citizenship 

  • Senator Mobina Jaffer, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights
  • Professor Wayne MacKay, Chair of the Nova Scotia Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying
  • Professor Shaheen Shariff, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University
  • Dean Faye Mishna, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto (Moderator)

Panel 2:           The Challenges of Legal Response

  • Professor Jane Bailey, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
  • Professor Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami School of Law
  • Dr. Andrea Slane,  University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Eric M. Roher, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law (Moderator)