Province Marks First Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day
June 18, 2021
MISSISSAUGA – Today the Ontario government marks, for the first time, June 18 as Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day. This important and timely recognition stems from the work of Kaleed Rasheed, Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga East-Cooksville, who championed Bill 154, the Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day Act, 2019. Going forward, the third Friday in June of each year will now be recognized as Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day, which aligns the province with the internationally recognized date to stop cyberbullying. “Cyberbullying is one of those unexpected things that can occur right under our noses. Taking the time to set aside a day to bring the very real challenge of cyberbullying into the spotlight will help raise awareness that resources exist to assist those struggling with it,” said MPP Rasheed. “I hope that the ongoing conversation to Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario starts today and continues in households and workplaces until we put an end to this horrible practice.” Cyberbullying can have significant and lifelong physical and mental health effects on children and adults, as well as many other personal and social consequences for both victims and perpetrators. In extreme circumstances, the effects of cyberbullying can cost a life. Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day aims to raise awareness and encourage discussion in schools and workplaces which will provide individuals of any age with the tools they need to protect themselves from cyberbullying.