HALIFAX -- The Nova Scotia government says an investigative unit created to look into cases of cyberbullying in the province is in operation.

The province says the unit's five investigators have started work and will begin taking calls and investigating complaints immediately.

The government says cases will be resolved using informal and legal means, or if necessary, cases could be referred to police.

Investigators can also apply for a cyberbullying prevention order, which would order a person to stop cyber communication or the technology they are using could be confiscated.

The unit was created following the passage of the Cyber-Safety Act earlier this year, which allows people to sue or seek a protection order from the courts if they or their children are being cyberbullied.