Rehtaeh Parsons' father, Peter MacKay launch anti-cyberbullying campaign

Haley Ryan jhoegg@kingscountynews.ca
Published on January 9, 2014
 Glen Canning, father of the late Rehteah Parsons, speaks to students at Fairview Junior High Jan. 9 in Halifax. 
Jeff Harper - Metro Halifax

By Haley Ryan

Metro

Justice Minister Peter MacKay launched a new anti-cyberbullying campaign in front of a crowd of Fairview Junior High School students Jan. 9 in Halifax.

The campaign, Stop Hating Online, will be spread around the country in a new commercial showing teens sharing a private photo via their cell phones until a police officer places them under arrest.

MacKay said the point of the awareness campaign is for parents and children to realize when cyberbullying crosses into illegal territory with the distribution of intimate pictures.

“It’s becoming a devastating experience for far too many people,” MacKay said.

The federal government has also launched a website with resourced on bullying for parents and kids.

Glen Canning, father of Rehtaeh Parsons, also spoke to the crowd of kids about the importance of standing up for those who are being bullied.

Parsons died after attempting to take her own life last April, following what her parents say was months of bullying after an intimate photo was spread around school.

“Before you hit send, you have to think about what you’re sending and what it might to do to somebody else,” Canning said.