Cyber bullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as mobile phones, computers, and tablets. Communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
Cyber bullying has become a significant online issue according to the statistics being presented in current research. 1 in 3 teens have experienced cyber threats online and almost 50% will not tell a parent about it. Bullying online is heightened by the fact that it is able to penetrate every aspect of a child’s life, it is difficult to get away from when it is available on every device and sometimes in every room of the house. Bullying of any kind can lead to serious mental health issues. If you suspect someone you know is a victim of cyber bullying, please don’t hesitate to take action.
Things you can do right now:
- Have a conversation with your children about Cyber Bullying
- Encourage them speak to a parent, caregiver or trusted adult if they are every Cyber Bullied or know someone who is.
- Consult a Teacher or Counsellor at your child’s school.
- Talk to a Cybersafe Families Consultant
- Contact the Government Childrens eSafety Commissioner
- Call Kids helpline.