Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Premier Says Parents Should Help Address Bullying at Home

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Premier Says Parents Should Help Address Bullying at Home

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Bullying extends beyond classroom: premier

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's premier said the response to a spate of Cape Breton teen suicides should extend beyond the classroom as technology broadens the reach of bullying.

Stephen McNeil said parents should educate themselves about how technology can put young people at risk in the wake of the suicides of three teens, at least two of whom had been bullied.

"Oftentimes, our experience with these devices is very different than our children's and the world that they're living in," said McNeil. "We need to educate ourselves on how do we deal with that in a way that is not putting our kids at risk."

The Nova Scotia government has accepted all of the recommendations outlined by a Dalhousie University mental health expert who was dispatched to Cape Breton in late June following the suicides.

Dr. Stan Kutcher recommended a provincial policy be developed to address students' responsible use of personal devices such as cellphones on school grounds. But he said he didn't know how such a regime could be extended to when students are away from school -- and a wider public discussion needs to take place on where responsibilities lie.

McNeil cited Kutcher's findings while addressing reporters after a cabinet meeting Thursday.

McNeil said social media has allowed the impacts of bullying to continue outside school, and he encouraged parents to help deal with the problem at home.

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