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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  

Aashish Srivastava

Monash University - Department of Business Law & Taxation

Roger H. Gamble

Monash University - Department of Business Law & Taxation

Janice Boey

Monash University - School of Political and Social Inquiry

Date Written: May 1, 2013

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Srivastava, Aashish and Gamble, Roger H. and Boey, Janice, Cyberbullying in Australia: Clarifying the Problem, Considering the Solutions (May 1, 2013). International Journal of Children’s Rights 21 (2013) 25–45. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2342944

Aashish Srivastava (Contact Author)

Monash University - Department of Business Law & Taxation ( email )

Caulfield Campus
Sir John Monash Drive
Caulfield East, Victoria 3084
Australia
99058418 (Phone)

Roger H. Gamble

Monash University - Department of Business Law & Taxation ( email )

Caulfield Campus
Sir John Monash Drive
Caulfield East, Victoria 3084
Australia

Janice Boey

Monash University - School of Political and Social Inquiry ( email )

Australia

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