Nova Scotia



Population 0‑14


Internet Users

* Statistics provided by, Internet World Stats and GSMA Intellligence

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.

2016 - The Department of Education published a Provincial School Network and Use Policy that notes the necessity of digital resources for learning and responsible digital citizenship by demonstrating respect when using technology in both private and public schools in Nova Scotia.

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.

The Learning Resources and Technology Department also has a number of resources for teachers about how to include ICT in lesson plans and a self-evaluation form for classroom apps.

Cybersafe Girl

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.

The combined impact of diet, physical activity, sleep and screen time on academic achievement: a prospective study of elementary school students in Nova Scotia, Canada (2017)

Erin Faught, John Ekwaru, Douglas Gleddie, Kate Storey, Mark Asbridge, Paul Veugelers

This study considers the different lifestyle behaviors, such as diet, physical activity, sleep, screen time, and body weight in relation to academic achievement. They do find that lifestyle behaviors have a strong association with academic performance, and that improving the health of a child could improve their education. They make recommendations to targeting and improving multiple lifestyles, instead of focusing on one type of lifestyle behavior.

Digital Dilemmas: Responding to Cyberbullying in Nova Scotia (2012)

Katherine Ng

This article is about cyberbullying and the necessary steps that legislators need to take to address it in Nova Scotia. She calls attention to the need to uphold the right to freedom of expression while addressing and limiting the harmful effects of cyberbullying.

Respectful and Responsible Relationships: There's No App for That (2012)

A. Wayne MacKay

This report is the findings of a taskforce reporting to the Minister of 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.

2017 - The Nova Scotia Legislature introduced Bill No. 27, titled Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act. This comes after a previous cyberbullying legislation was struck down in 2015 by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court after being considered unconstitutional. This makes Nova Scotia the first province to regulate cyberbullying.