Support for the Cyberbullying Task Force has been so positive that it will take longer than expected to process all the feedback and recommendations from Nova Scotians.
The task force will have until the end of February to deliver its report and recommendations to help with the problem of cyberbullying.
"I have been very impressed with the high level of public interest and the willingness of many parts of our community to partner in finding better responses to the growing problems of bullying and cyberbullying," said Wayne MacKay, Cyberbullying Task Force chair. "Forging these partnerships takes time but is well worth the effort."
Along with presentations from experts in the fields of bullying and cyberbullying, the task force received more than 5,000 responses to the online survey and conducted 35 focus groups involving about 1,000 students from across the province. The chair also had several speaking engagements on the topic, including meetings with the public.
"Since the task force began, the response from Nova Scotians has been tremendous," said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. "Our partners recognized from the onset that the original timeline was ambitious, and I acknowledge the need for more time to process the enormous amount of input, especially from students."
To get a better picture of the scope and prevalence of the problem, and to find out what students think are possible solutions, the task force increased the number of student focus groups from eight to 35.
The Cyberbullying Task Force and Working Group are analyzing the information collected from the expert presentations, focus groups and online survey for use in the overall report.
For more information, visit cyberbullying.novascotia.ca