Chief Clive Weighill. Photo courtesy of Saskatoon Police Service.

Police chief addresses cyberbullying

Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill spoke about cyberbullying at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) on March 31 as part of a special noon-hour presentation entitled, "The dissatisfied client in the age of social media."

The presentation, which was organized by members of the Veterinary Social Work Initiative and Pawsitive Practice, addressed the issue of online behaviour that all members of society — including veterinarians — must deal with as "digital citizens."

Weighill's talk focused on dealing with the negative effects of social media and its instantaneous reach to a wide audience.

"It's [social media] changed the face of how almost every entity does business," said Weighill, adding that widespread communication raises a lot of serious issues such as bullying and intimidation.

"It's anonymous and people can put all kinds of comments on social media whether they're true or not. And naturally, as an organization, business or person, you're trying to refute some things that have been put online if they're not true . . . ."

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For more information, please contact Myrna MacDonald, Communications, WCVM (306-225-4479).
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