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Bullying leads to both short-term and long-term adverse consequences. Girl image via www.shutterstock.com

Why bullying needs more efforts to stop it

Children who are bullied are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. They are also more likely to contemplate or attempt suicide.
Most of the cyberbullying in the study occurred through work related text messaging and instant message services. Image sourced from www.shutterstock.com

Cyberbullying widespread amongst public servants

One in five government employees are experiencing or observing workplace cyberbullying, a study shows.
Could cyberbullies be in need of help as well? Girl Image via www.shutterstock.com

Are cyberbullies victims as well?

Should cyberbullies be isolated and shamed? Or should they be helped ? Victims of cyberbullying could take to being cyberbullies themselves.
Cyber bullying is on the rise and can strike anytime. AAP Image/Dan Peled

Action on cyberbullying: token gesture or the way forward?

The reaction to the federal government’s plans to clamp down on cyberbullying has ranged from hostility from some libertarians to scepticism about yet another government attempt to make the internet safer…
We should help protect those who protect us from abuse online. Shutterstock/hitmanphoto

‘Haters gonna hate’ is no consolation for online moderators

When trolls strike in website comment sections and across social media, we tend to look to curtail the perpetrators and help their targets. But what of the moderators – the often nameless and invisible…
The abuse unleashed online can be devastating at times. Flickr/Spyros Papaspyropoulos

Five ways to fight online abuse with good manners

Online and social media’s capacity to enable anyone to communicate their ideas and views is much celebrated. So why do so many people feel nervous about getting involved with online debate? Too often…
Good anti-bullying strategies can give kids extra muscle. Child via Robert Kneschke/Shutterstock

What works best to help stop bullying in schools?

Bullying in schools has been recognised as a serious and pervasive problem now for at least two decades. There is now also evidence, including from the UK and other European countries, North America and…
A new social media site has gained popularity in Australia. Experts say its anonymity opens up kids to dangerous cyberbullying. Shutterstock

Ask.fm: just asking for trouble?

Cyberbullying experts, schools and parents are concerned about another social networking site targeting teens. Ask.fm enables users to post questions; you sign up and people ask you or you ask other people…
One pupil posted online that a teacher’s skin was ‘covered in potholes’. Dave Thompson/PA

Cyberbullying by parents and pupils takes toll on teachers

A new survey by the teachers union NASUWT has provided further evidence to confirm that teachers too, as well as pupils, can be targets of online bullying. In the research, just more than a fifth of the…
The federal government’s cyber-safety discussion paper is primarily concerned with protecting children online. But does it show an understanding of online and offline cultures? AAP/Dan Peled

Cyber-safety’: what are we actually talking about?

The rise of social media tools and accessories has allowed us to be “always on” and “always connected”. The impact of this technological change is primarily social, and so far our communities have not…

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