Presentation: Cyberbullying, Regulation and Accountability

Hello everyone!

I’ve attached my powerpoint presentation on Cyberbullying, Regulation and Accountability. Due to problems with file size, I’ve split my presentation into 3 Parts. My sincerest apologies for the inconvenience caused.

Vanessa’s Presentation on Cyberbullying Part 1

Vanessa’s Presentation on Cyberbullying Part 2

Vanessa’s Presentation on Cyberbullying Part 3

I chose to research and present on this topic because amidst COVID, cases of cyberbullying have spiked in Canada, the US, Britain and Australia. And with new developments in the laws surrounding online safety, I wanted to become part of the conversation.

I remember opening the local newspaper one morning and reading about Amanda Todd. I was about the same age as Amanda and so her video describing her experiences really impacted me. Fast-forward approximately eight years and cyberbullying has only intensified across the globe.

This makes me wonder, what needs to be done in order to make the internet a safe space for adults and children? Who needs to be held accountable? Are our school systems doing enough to teach kids from a young age what is and is not safe to post? If we’re teaching children not to talk to strangers in the real world, why aren’t we having the same conversations about not talking to strangers on the internet? Are internet service providers and social media platforms doing their part in regulating and removing harmful content? I aim to discuss some of these big questions in my presentation and also provide some food for thought. I’d love to hear some of your thoughts as well!


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