Chapter 12: “She’s such a slut!”: The sexualized cyberbullying of teen girls and the education law response – Gillian Angrove

ABSTRACT

Angrove extends the discussion about sexual violence by looking at sexualized cyberbullying as an education, and education law, issue. She reviews cyberbullying initiatives in three Canadian provinces, Ontario, Nova Scotia and British Columbia, to assess how well current initiatives actively promote a school culture that celebrates equality. All three jurisdictions have amended their education laws to respond to bullying, but only Ontario and Nova Scotia have gone beyond gender-neutral terminology to address gendered violence directly. However, none of the three provinces has amended curricular guidelines to include mandatory courses to actively teach students about equality, harassment and discrimination. Since teachers are mandated to teach young people about good citizenship, she suggests that there is untapped potential within the school system to devise more creative educational responses grounded in human rights and equality education.

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