Monday, 10 Nov 2014

Cyberbullying an ongoing concern

Cyberbullying is on ongoing concern in schools right across Queensland. According to figures published in the Courier Mail, over 320 incidents of online bullying were reported in Queensland in 2013-2014.

According to the Cybersmart website, cyberbullying is defined as "the use of technology to bully a person or group. Bullying is repeated behaviour by an individual or group with the intent to harm another person or group. Cyberbullying can involve social, psychological and even, in extreme cases, physical harm. It can cause shame, guilt, fear, withdrawal, loneliness and depression."

To address this growing issue, cybersafety teams have been set up in the state's Department of Education to investigate incidents of cyberbullying, as they are being reported.

“A majority of online incidents involved inappropriate online behaviours from either parents or students who posted and shared content that affected staff, students and/or the school community,” a Department of Education spokesman said.

“In the majority of these incidents, the inappropriate content was reported, which has resulted in the removal of the content.”

Life Education Queensland recognises the importance of working together with parents, teachers and students to provide information and support in combating cyberbullying. You can find more information and resources about cyberbullying, as well as cybersafety, below:

PLAY: bCyberwise Monster Family game

LEARN: New cybersafety threat

READ: Parents, kids & technology

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