cyberbullying; cyber; bullying;
Cyberbullying is when technology is used to harm others. It usually happens more than once and can be in the form of abusive emails or texts, making fun of someone online, or posting embarrassing or damaging information or photos. Cyberbullying is a big concern because it can escalate quickly and involve a lot more people than face-to-face bullying. It can also happen anytime day or night, and parents may not know it is happening at all.
Raising Children Network has several topics on Cyberbullying - including
The Australian Government Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner is a one-stop-shop for online safety. The Office provides Australians a range of up-to-date information and resources, coupled with a comprehensive complaints system to assist children who experience serious cyberbullying.
Reachout is a site for young people who are experiencing tough times.
The online world is part of everyday life for many children and young people. It is a huge virtual playground where they can play, learn and socialise. It can be accessed by computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices.
Parents can help children get the most from the online world by being involved from the start and helping them learn how to stay safe. You don’t have to be an expert. Knowing where to find things out and get help is what’s important.
For information about cyber safety have a look at the fact sheet developed by Parenting SA
Parenting SA - is a partnership between the Department for Education and Child Development and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (South Australia).
Parenting SA have other Parent Easy Guides which look at similar issues 'Safe technology use' and 'Bullying'.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
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