Clicks and Stones:
Cyberbullying, Digital Citizenship
and the Challenges of Legal Response

May 3, 2013

9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place


Governments are reacting to the cyberbullying phenomenon in various ways.  In Canada, several provinces and the Canadian Senate have examined the issue in depth.  The Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights has made seven recommendations to the federal government, including promoting human rights education and the values of “Digital Citizenship.”   At the same time, cyberbullying cases are reaching the courts here and elsewhere, revealing limits to the ability to address the problem with our legal systems.  What’s the most effective approach?  Join the discussion on May 3, when the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work present two panels composed of Canadian and US experts on this important issue. 

Panel 1:  Digital Citizenship

Moderator:  Dean Faye Mishna, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto


  • Senator Mobina Jaffer, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights
  • Professor Wayne MacKay, Chair of the  Nova Scotia Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying
  • Professor Shaheen Shariff, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University

Panel 2:  The Challenges of Legal Response

Moderator:  Adjunct Professor Eric M. Roher, University of Toronto Faculty of Law


  • Professor Mary Anne Franks, University of Miami School of Law
  • Professor Jane Bailey, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
  • Professor Andrea Slane,  University of Ontario Institute of Technology

This conference is free and open to the public, although seating is limited.  See the Munk School website for more information and registration.