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It could interfere with development of empathy, social and problem-solving skills (typically obtained by exploring unstructured play and interacting with friends).It’s important to have direct face-to-face interaction.Cyber bullying can include: Cyber victims may feel anxious and isolated during the initial stages of cyber bullying.Early detection is important for prevention and harm minimisation, including the health and well-being of the individual.Having open communication about online activities and usage including the monitoring of internet usage i.e.applications, games and internet platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Kik Messenger, Facetime, Skype, Tumblr, You Tube) is fundamental in understanding the child’s social media world.Doing nothing sends a clear message that the poor behaviour is acceptable, be part of the solution rather than wait for someone else.
Police will take action where there is evidence of bullying, stalking and harassment.
In Victoria, serious bullying is a crime protected by the Crimes Legislative Amendment Act 2004.
In other states stalking and harassment laws also exist to protect the Victims.
Cyber bullying victims could show signs of cyber bullying by: If constant online use is having a negative impact on your wellbeing or that of your friends and family, then this may be a sign for a break.
Apply time limits to internet usage, excessive amounts of social media engagement can distract the user from the ability to self-regulate feelings.
This amendment strengthens the existing stalking and harassment provisions of the Victorian Crimes Act 1958 and covers bullying/cyber bullying behaviours.