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Western premiers key on cyber-bullying at Winnipeg meeting

Cyber-bullying was of primary focus at the 2013 Western Premiers Meeting, which was held in Winnipeg on Monday.

Manitoba premier Greg Selinger identified an anti-bullying measure adopted in British Columbia – an online, anonymous reporting tool – that he thinks could help bullied students and children in his province. The website was setup after the death of Amanda Todd in 2012.

"So, they're always allowed to report anonymously we've built in protections so they know they won't be identified unless they want to," said B.C. premier Christy Clark, on Monday.

"There are thousands of children that are bullied every day. It doesn't make the news, but it changes their lives forever."

Cyber-bullying has become a national debate issue since the deaths of Todd last year and Halifax teen Rehtaeh Parsons earlier this year.

Selinger said he would table an agenda for bullying at the upcoming Canadian premiers meeting in Ontario, according to the Canadian Press.

"There are real serious incidents occurring out there, including through the social media ... with very negative and tragic consequences," he said.

"We think there is value in us all working together to identify the very best ways we can protect Canadians, wherever they live in the country, and ensure they have environments where they can live and work, where they have a sense of safety and can be who they are and respected for who they are."

– files from CP (Huffington Post B.C.) and CTV News

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