No information could be found about any government efforts within the province to promote any recent Internet safety campaigns.
There has been an awareness of the need for information security and online safety in schools for a number of years. School personnel are supplied with guidance on a range of topics from filesharing to legal responsibilities. Online safety, as well as the ethical and responsible use of ICT and the Internet is covered under the media literacy area of learning. Further information 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 Quebec.
In 2007, the Québec government’s Ministère des Services gouvernementaux (MSG) in cooperation with the Institut de sécurité de l’information du Québec (ISIQ) and various public and private partners organized and conducted the first Quebec information and awareness campaign on information security and the protection of personal information, ‘Je protège mon identité sur Internet’. A Web site (http://monidentite.isiq.ca) was developed for the 2008 campaign. Since its launch, this site has been regularly updated but ISIQ ceased operations in 2010. Further details can be found in the Organizations section below.
2003 - The Guide pour gérer les aspects juridiques d’Internet en milieu scolaire (Guide to manage legal aspects of the Internet at school) is a French-language guide aimed at school personnel involved in setting up and using the Internet in schools. It presents the potential risks associated with the use of various tools (forums, web sites, emails, P2P, etc.) and the legal responsibility of the supervising adult towards students regarding the material they encounter.
Ongoing - The Quebec Ministry of Education lists Media Literacy as a broad area of learning under its Ethics and Religious Culture program citing that “Situations involving messages that are sexist, stereotypical or violent could help students examine various forms of discrimination in the media.” The Leading English Education and Resource Network (LEARN), provides a resource explaining how Media Literacy is present in the Quebec Education Program.
The Ministry also promotes a campaign Fighting Bullying and Violence in Schools, which includes cyberbullying. The campaign features several reference tools for parents, teachers, and students that include sections on cyberbullying.
- Bullying: Let’s Work on it Together
- Homophobia: Let’s Work on it Together
- Educational success, health and well-being: act effectively in a school context
The Ministry has a system in place for the integration of New Information and Communication Technologies into English schools.
Leading English Education and Resource Network
LEARN brings together the expertise and efforts of educators, students, parents and partners in our community to cultivate success for all learners.
Le Conseil pédagogique interdisciplinaire du Québec
The CPIQ develops educational activities and partner of many events related stakeholders and organizations in education.
Ma vie en 3W
An initiative of the Commission scolaire de Laval to learn how to live in a digital society.
Quebec Ministry of Education
The ministry works to fight bullying and cyberbullying in schools and promotes media literacy. The website is predominantly in French.
The Montreal Police has resources about cyberbullying and cyber-exploitation.
Information and Communication Technologies for Education in an Algonquin First Nation in Quebec (2014)E. Lockhart, A. Tenasco, T. Whiteduck, S. O'Donnell
This study explores the use of technology in the education sector in Kitigan Zibi and focuses on the situation of having technology readily available at school but less so at home.
Media and Technology Habits of Canadian Youth (2013)Shaw Rocket Fund
The objectives of this study were to check the pulse on media and technology usage habits of Canadian youth, with regards to device and content usage and behaviours and explore how Canadian youth discover and engage with TV programs/video content, and across which platform.
Protection des renseignements personnels – Projet et réalité (2009)P. Comeau
The report covers some key ideas, in particular the need for institutional dynamism in a rapidly changing field and the plurality of effective models for the protection of the right to privacy.
Gouvernance des contenus audiovisuels sur Internet et protection de la jeunesse –état de la situation et pistes de solutions (2007)ISOC Quebec
The report analyzes the regulation of Internet content including different methods and country approaches.
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 Quebec which would be relevant to online safety.
Bill 56: An Act to Prevent and Stop Bullying and Violence in Schools, 2012. Specifies the duties and responsibilities of the relevant school stakeholders and their partners and stipulates that school boards must see to it that each of their schools provides a healthy and secure learning environment that allows every student to develop his or her full potential, free from any form of bullying or violence.