Cyber Bullying in Australian Schools : the question of negligence and liability

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Bullying in schools is not a new phenomenon. The fact that children tend to ‘muck around’ and make fun of each other has meant that, historically, bullying has been viewed as a fait accompli, or something of a rite of passage for children and has not always been taken seriously by schools and adults. However, as awareness of the risks and potential injuries has heightened, bullying has been recognised as ‘a serious, and insidious, form of violence that plagues the school system.’ Cyber bullying, though, is relatively new. Any ‘communication activity using cyber technology’ that can be considered harmful, victimising, hostile or otherwise damaging to an individual or group of people, it can take many forms including harassment, threats, sexting, stalking, impersonation, predation, or any intimidating behaviour conducted using cyber technology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-95
Number of pages4
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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