Senator Don Meredith has joined fellow Conservative Caucus members by tweeting photos of himself to promote a new website aimed at victims of cyber bullying.
Social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are popular around the world and research has show that more young people are drawn to the use of these media.
The website, www.needhelpnow.ca, was launched last Sunday by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection in promotion of the 8th Annual National Victims of Crime Awareness Week.
According to Meredith, who also a pastor, the Conservative Caucus rallied to raise awareness of the issue and to promote this year’s theme We All Have a Role.
“Strong resources for youth facing self or peer exploitation are the first steps in combating cyber bullying. The tragic legacies of Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons are strong indicators that there is more work to be done. I commend the tremendous work of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and will continue to support them in securing the lives of Canadian youth” said Senator Meredith.
Both Todd and Parsons committed suicide after being bullied through social media.
“It is important youth know that they are not alone when it comes to struggles with peers and sexual images being distributed online,” says Lianna McDonald, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. “Needhelpnow.ca has been designed to provide teens with practical steps so that they can regain control over the situation — whether it be guidance on how to stop the spread of sexual images online, how to seek out the support of a safe adult, or how to cope with harassment that may be occurring both in the online and offline world.”