MONTREAL, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Bell today congratulated the
Government of Canada for introducing federal legislation to directly
combat cyberbullying, an issue of serious concern to all Canadians.
"With the proposed changes to the Criminal Code announced today, the
government is sending a strong message that cyberbullying must stop,"
said George Cope, President and CEO of Bell Canada and BCE Inc. "Bell
applauds Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Justice Minister Peter MacKay,
and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Steven Blaney
for taking this important step forward."
As a leading Canadian provider of mobile and wireline Internet services,
and in line with the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative, Bell
plays an active role in supporting national and community-based
organizations involved in the prevention of online abuse, including:
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, including its Cybertip.ca service, enabling Canadians to report concerns about the online
exploitation of children and access advice on protecting children using
the Internet, and NeedHelpNow.ca, which provides guidance to youth on steps they can take if they or
their friends have been involved in a self/peer exploitation incident
(otherwise known as "sexting").
The MediaSmarts educational and public awareness initiative, helping parents and
teachers support young people in safely navigating the digital world
The Canadian Coalition Against Internet Child Exploitation and its Cleanfeed Canada program, helping reduce accidental access to and distribution of child
sexual abuse images
Kids Help Phone, which empowers young people to stand up to bullying through education
and counseling (tip sheets on cyberbullying and online safety are also
available for parents)
The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative also supports many
grassroots youth and family-centred community mental health services
that help young people deal with the impact of online bullying and
exploitation. This includes providing funds for organizations like the
Québec Federation of Home and School Associations, as well as providing
Bell employees with the tools they need to leverage online safety as
part of their volunteer activities with schools and sports groups in
Bell is also directly involved in key local fundraising events like the
recent Bell Kaleidoscope of Hope Gala, which supports youth mental
health programs in Ottawa and eastern Ontario, as well as initiatives
like The Pledge, an anti-bullying campaign that began with the help of the local CTV
television station in London, Ontario, and is now growing to include
other Bell Media television and radio stations.
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing consumers and
business customers with leading TV, Internet, wireless, home phone and
business communications solutions. Bell Media is Canada's premier
multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital
media. Bell is wholly owned by Montréal's BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE).
For more information, please visit Bell.ca.
The Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative is a national charitable
program that promotes Canadian mental health across Canada with the
Bell Let's Talk Day anti-stigma campaign and significant funding for
community care, research and workplace best practices. To learn more,
please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
SOURCE: Bell Canada
For further information:
Bell Media Relations
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