This webinar objectives are:
- To define cyberviolence, and distinguish between the terms cyberviolence and cyberbullying.
- To identify key findings from the project study and provide context of the issue
- To outline recommendations from youth regarding the prevention and response to cyberviolence.
Communication technologies have had a profound impact on the ways in which individuals and groups interact with one another. In Canada, high-profile cases of cyberviolence are forcing communities to engage with issues of online violence and bullying, including the ways these forms of aggression are directed at young women.
In 2014, the New Brunswick Association of Social Workers in partnership with the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre and the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate was granted funding through the Status of Women Canada. The funding was provided to develop a project aimed at addressing cyberviolence against young women and girls.
Based on the project study, and it is clear that cyberviolence is a growing issue, and has substantial impacts on mental health. These results are consistent with results of national studies. These may include feelings of depression, powerlessness, anxiety, and anger. Studies on cyberviolence indicate that young women and girls are disproportionately impacted by the issue, and is identified by many youth as a symptom of broader social issues including but not limited to: sexism, racism, body shaming, and discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.