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Review: ‘Unfriended’ is more than just the latest gimmicky horror flick Special

‘Unfriended’ brings social commentary back to the horror genre, while simultaneously offering a unique viewpoint for audiences.

Review: Poet Shane Koyczan debuts new video-poem 'Troll' on cyberbullying Special

Canadian poet Shane Koyczan, best known recently for his To This Day anti-bullying video-poetry, released another poetic critique of cyber-bullying appropriately titled Troll. It's one of the most poignant looks at the pain caused by online bullies.

Op-Ed: Teen beaten and brutalized online: Social media to blame?

Des Moines - High school students videotaped the graphic beating of 16-year-old sophomore, Nathan Rogers, then posted their videos on Facebook. Is social media to blame for cyberbullying?

RCMP lay charges in cyberbullying of Amanda Todd

Vancouver - The RCMP in Coquitlam, British Columbia announced several charges have been laid against a man currently in custody in the Netherlands. Amanda Todd, 15, took her own life in October 2012 after being extorted and bullied on the Internet.

Cyberbullying increasing at Canadian universities

Vancouver - A symposium will be held on Wednesday where papers will be presented showing cyberbullying is increasing on university campuses across the country.

New video game tries to combat cyberbullying

A new simulation video game from Pixelberry Studios is teaming up with The Cybersmile Foundation to battle many issues a typical high school student goes through, including bullying.

Canadian government introduces bill to combat cyberbullying

Ottawa - While the cyberbullying provisions are being generally applauded, the opposition and others are critical of other parts of the bill that have no relation to the problem of cyberbullying.

Canada's Justice Minister: No parole for worst offenders

Halifax - During the present session of Parliament, the government intends to introduce legislation to deny any possibility of parole to those who are considered the most heinous offenders.

Op-Ed: Social media is the new fifth estate

Denver - If Jean Valjean were alive today his story might well end up on social media. Iraq's weapons of mass destruction certainly would have been a prime target.

Saskatchewan mom says bullying caused her son's suicide

North Battleford - Todd Loik took his own life after years of being bullied, more recently on the Internet. He died just days before his 16th birthday.

Bullied 12-year-old kills herself

Lakeland - A 12-year-old Floridian girl killed herself after she was bullied online by more than a dozen girls. The Sheriff is investigating to see if he can pursue charges under Florida’s cyber-bullying law.

A parent's worst nightmare: The dark side of the Internet Special

Fourteen year-old Hanah Smith had been threatened with a sadistic rape attack, her abuser threatened to attack Hanah with a hammer, anonymous messengers taunted Hanah about her weight, the death of an uncle and urged her to engage in self-harm.

Cyberbullying: Two men charged for distributing child porn

Halifax - Police charged two men with distributing child porn in the Rehtaeh Parsons cyberbullying case, Thursday. Parsons died following a suicide attempt her family says was linked to the distribution of a photo in which she is allegedly being sexually assaulted.

2 arrested in Rehtaeh Parsons rape and cyberbullying case

Halifax - Police in Canada said Thursday they have made two arrests in the case of a 17-year-old who committed suicide after a photo of her allegedly being sexually assaulted was shared online.

RCMP arrest two males in connection with Rehtaeh Parsons case

Halifax - RCMP arrested two males at their homes in Halifax in connection with the Rehtaeh Parsons case. The arrests were made at around 8 a.m. (ADT) Thursday.

Op-Ed: rejects responsibility for teen suicide

Sydney - Riga, in Latvia, used to be the site of a concentration camp. It’s now the home of, a teen social website that is apparently untroubled by user suicides. It’s about time answered a few questions itself.

Op-Ed: Punishing by itself doesn't help stop bullying, says expert Special

Prescott - "Being beaten down repeatedly – in the physical and cyber worlds – is not a rite of passage. It is a recipe for ruination of a young life," says recovery expert Holli Kenley.

Op-Ed: Twitter abuse brings UK charges, but problem far from solved

Sydney - The women who advocated that Jane Austen should be featured on the new £10 note were subjected to threats of rape and bombing. Twitter has now apologized and will now include an abuse button. Charges have been laid against two people.

Review: New product eSafely aims to make this summer an eSafe one Special's browser based parental controls tool offers an elegant solution to fill the holes in online protection offered by typical parental controls. Keeps kids safer on Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, and Web Search.

Op-Ed: FBI calls cyberbullying a 'significant issue' for law enforcement Special

Cyberbullying can be more pervasive than traditional forms of bullying. Bullying at school as well as pranks can be more easily detected by teachers, administrators and fellow students.

3 teens arrested over alleged rape of girl who killed herself

Saratoga - Three northern California teens have been arrested on charges they gang-raped a 15-year-old girl who then killed herself after photos of the alleged attack went viral.

Op-Ed: Bullying isn't going anywhere because it's cyclical

When people talk about bullying, they think about kids in school, but it never really ends; it just changes. It's a cyclical issue that needs to end somewhere.

Op-Ed: New cyberbullying law in North Carolina limits free speech

A new law in North Carolina aimed at protecting teachers from cyberbullying prohibits the creation of fake Internet accounts under teacher's names by students and criminalizes posting unedited pictures or accurate statements which lead to harassment.

Teacher in France suspended over 'suicide letter assignment'

In France, an unnamed male teacher was given a job suspension due to angry parents because of an assignment he gave students on suicide.

Eight Ontario high school girls arrested for bullying

London - The eight each face a charge of criminal harassment after it was alleged a classmate was bullied, physically, verbally, and on the Internet.

Australian ecologist reveals lifelong bullying nightmare Special

Sydney - When Digital Journal hooked up with ecologist Elissa Sursara for an interview, we were supposed to discuss her upcoming conservation efforts and her forthcoming Antarctic campaign with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. It didn't work out that way.

Toronto teen faces several charges in sexting incident

Toronto - In circumstances similar to the well publicized case of Amanda Todd, the youth is alleged to have obtained sexually explicit photos of a young girl he met online, threatened her, and then distributed the pictures.

Investigation into Amanda Todd bullying delayed by rumours, scams

Port Coquitlam - Since announcing an investigation into the bullying of the 15-year-old girl who took her own life last week, and creating a dedicated email account, the RCMP have received thousands of tips. But they are plagued by online rumours and scams.

Op-Ed: It's time to take action against bullying

Ottawa - Canadian MPs will debate a motion to devise a federal anti-bullying strategy. But critics of the debate point out that time and money should not be wasted on more studies. Action is needed now.

Bullying of Amanda Todd continues after her death

Port Coquitlam - The type of nasty online comments that are believed to have played a role in the 15-year-old's suicide on Wednesday are now appearing on social media pages set up to pay tribute to the troubled girl.
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Nathan Rogers  16  after being brutally beaten online
Nathan Rogers, 16, after being brutally beaten online
Kim Loik talking to CBC News about the suicide of her 15-year-old son  Todd
Kim Loik talking to CBC News about the suicide of her 15-year-old son, Todd
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Charges have been laid against a teen for threatening to kill Glen Canning  49  the father of Rahtae...
Charges have been laid against a teen for threatening to kill Glen Canning, 49, the father of Rahtaeh Parsons
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Amanda Todd saying she has nobody and she needs someone. She was cyber-bullied and committed suicide
Amanda Todd saying she has nobody and she needs someone. She was cyber-bullied and committed suicide
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