No information could be found on general government campaigns related to Internet safety in Nova Scotia. Much is being done in the field of Education, however, with a particular focus on eradicating bullying and cyberbullying behavior in schools. The Department of Education established a taskforce to report on the subject in 2012. The action plan which has been agreed since the taskforce’s report was published in early 2013. The Department also has a range of information available to students and teachers on its website, covering a much broader range of online safety topics.
Children learn about Internet safety in schools as part of the Technology curriculum, with a focus on the responsible and ethical use of the Internet. The Department of Education has purchased licenses to enable teachers to access an Internet safety workshop resource from the Media Awareness Network, full details of which can be found in the Education section below.
Legislation relating to criminal law is controlled at a federal level in Canada and so all laws detailed in the Legislation section of the Canada Government page would apply within Nova Scotia.
A range of ongoing campaigns and resources exist at a national level to educate Canadians about Internet safety.
2001 - The Departments of Education from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island developed the Foundation for the Atlantic Canada Technology Education Curriculum. This document was then used as the basis for curriculum developed for ICT in each province. Online safety is addressed in this document under categories such as citizenship and ethical and responsible use of technology.
2005 - Nova Scotia Department of Education established the Integration of Information and Communication Technology within the curriculum, which details key outcomes for Kindergarten to Grade 12 based on citizenship and ethical and responsible use of technology.
2011 - The Nova Scotia government formed the Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying in the province. Through focus groups, online surveys, public forums, and presentations, the task for has put together reports and guided the Speak Up Action Plan that addresses prevention of bullying and cyberbullying.
Ongoing - The Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development licensed Media Awareness Network’s Web Awareness Workshop Series for all publicly funded schools, has an entire website dedicated to anti bullying, cyberbullying, and being a good digital citizen.
This project of the Departments of Education of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island and the Atlantic Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women provides information to girls, parents, and educators about how girls can be safe online.
Nova Scotia Anti-Bullying
The Nova Scotia Government dedicates a section of its website to anti-bullying materials and covers areas such as cyberbullying and digital citizenship.
Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers
This is the Nova Scotia branch of an international organization that combines resources from the public sector, police community and the media in order to identify criminals and bring them to justice both on and offline.
Nova Scotia Department of Education
The department has developed a set of guidelines and outcomes for integrating ICT into school curricula.
The Association for Media Literacy Nova Scotia
The Association for Media Literacy-Nova Scotia is for educators, parents, media professionals and media consumers interested in the impact of media on modern life, culture and education.
This section contains details of the province’s laws as they relate to sexual offenses, children and the use of the Internet in the commission of criminal activity. Where possible, sentence details have been given, including whether an increased custodial penalty is imposed where the victim is a child.
Criminal law is defined at a federal level in Canada and so no local laws exist within Nova Scotia which would be relevant to online safety.
2008 - The Child Pornography Reporting Act included a definition of child pornography as well as regulations making the failure to report child pornography a criminal offense.
2013 - The Cyber-safety Act aimed to protect victims of online harassment, but was eliminated in 2015 under the pretense that it infringed on Canadian freedom of expression. Nova Scotia is the first province to attempt to regulate cyberbullying.