Cyberbullying in Australia: Clarifying the Problem, Considering the Solutions
International Journal of Children’s Rights 21 (2013) 25–45
21 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2013
Date Written: May 1, 2013
With the increasing use of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT), a new method of bullying has emerged known as cyberbullying. It is indeed ironic that the advancement in communication tools designed to improve the life of mankind is also the cause of much pain. More and more frequently we do read or hear of cases of young children being victims because of the misuse of ICT which have in some extreme cases led to them committing suicide. Unfortunately the ICT’s very nature of being accessible from anywhere and anytime, and its often anonymous nature makes it difficult to regulate what children say or do to each other. This paper discusses the scope of the cyberbullying problem amongst the young in Australia and considers what role the government, the courts and schools should play in detecting, deterring or preventing such conduct.
Keywords: cyberbullying; children; school; internet; mobile phones; anonymity; internet service providers
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