#CyberFLASH: Nova Scotia’s CyberSCAN investigation unit reports busy first year


In the growing age of social media, there are many ways in which inappropriate comments and images can make their way onto the Internet.

To address the issue of cyberbullying, the Nova Scotia government hired five full-time investigators to look into cyberbullying complaints across the province.

The CyberSCAN investigation unit, created in September 2013, is the first of its kind in Canada, and those involved in the unit say their first year has been a busy one.

“It’s been very busy, probably busier than we’ve expected,” says Fred Sanford, the director of policing services. “To date we’ve received in the area of 300 complaints related to cyberbullying.”

While investigators are surprised by the number of complaints being made, they are also surprised by who is making them.

When the unit first opened, staff suspected most complaints would come from youth. However, investigators say they are hearing from people of all ages, both men and women.

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