Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media giants are likely to face federal laws aimed at stamping out online bullying, revenge porn and child sexual abuse material after a review found current legislation was “out of date” and “inconsistent”. A charter to be handed to social media giants and internet service providers, a draft of which
The Morrison Government will announce a new charter designed to stop cyberbullies and keep children safe online. Squarely aimed at Facebook, the charter includes demands to remove harmful and illegal content and meet high standards of safety. PM’s $17m plan to clean up internet SOCIAL media giants such as Facebook, Google and Twitter have been put on
This article is from the November 4, 2018 issue of The Herald Sun Digital Edition. IN films, the stalker is typically a shadowy figure who lurks in bushes or stealthily tip-toes behind their prey. But with children now spending more time in “online playgrounds” , through phone apps and social media, parents are finding it
This article is from the November 4, 2018 issue of The Herald Sun Digital Edition. CHILDREN as young as 10 are being investigated by police for stalking, as cyber-bullying crosses the line into criminal conduct. Victoria Police have been called in to investigate 500 reports of the stalking of children in the past three years,
More parents than ever before believe their children have been cyberbullied. An international IPSOS survey found 19 per cent of Australian parents noticed their child had experienced some form of cyberbullying — a 6 per cent increase since 2011. The Global Views on Cyberbullying report compiled data from more than 20,000 parents worldwide, and shows that
Social media services Facebook and its Instagram offshoot have announced a $1m partnership with online safety organisation, Project Rockit in an initiative to reduce online bullying. Project Rockit, founded by Melbourne sisters Rosie and Lucy Thomas in 2006, runs face-to-face and online workshops teaching young people strategies to improve the digital world. Lucy Thomas said
Today, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will release the Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce report. Kids Helpline is reminding Australian media that free phone and online counselling service Kids Helpline is available to children and young people across Australia. Monday, 15 October 2018 Media Alert Cyberbullying help available 24/7 In light of the Queensland Premier’s pending release of the
Laws will be strengthened to protect people from cyberbullying and online trolling and keep up with changes to technology, the New South Wales Government has announced. The changes aim to address an emerging trend of offenders threatening and harassing victims online through social media. Those who stalk or intimidate using modern technology will face a
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation will host its inaugural Buddy Run, at Alexandra Gardens in Melbourne on Sunday October 21, 2018. The one kilometre anti-bullying fun run is an all-inclusive event and the day will also include exciting activities and entertainment for the whole family. All funds raised will help the Alannah & Madeline Foundation
Social media platforms and online games should be given a star safety rating system, advocates say, as the rates of cyber-bullying among teenagers have almost doubled. Youth advocacy group ReachOut has called for the ACCC or the Office of the eSafety Commissioner to rate and monitor online services such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, You-Tube and
We talk about ways to deal with a child being bullied but what about if your child is the bully. This excellent article by Amy Hall appeared in Herald Sun talks about the subject: your child is bullying others and what to do about it. How to identify if your child is bullying others and
Sunday Night – 5 August 2018 | Channel 7 Sunday Night believes that bullying – in schools and online – is an important issue. It’s resonated with a lot of parents and children out there, and many of you have already shared your experiences with us. No matter where you go, you can’t escape it:
This article from The Herald Sun reports the Victoria Liberal Party plan to get tough at school by introducing a “zero tolerance approach to bullying in schools. Somewhat disappointing, a statement put out by James Melino (Labour) maintains a “zero tolerance approach already exists yet hundreds of cases were called into 3AW Neil Mitchell program.
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is committed to empowering all Australians to have safer, more positive experiences online. The Office was established in 2015 with a mandate to coordinate and lead the online safety efforts across government, industry and the not-for profit community. esafety.gov.au Report Cyberbullying I need help with cyberbullying, report it! Report cyberbullying
The Bully Zero Annual Charity Ball will take place on 13 October 2018 at Peninsula, Docklands, Melbourne. All proceeds will benefit Bully Zero, an organisation that exists to protect and empower Australians to live fulfilling lives free from all forms of bullying. Performances include: Kate Ceberano Tim Campbell Thomas Currie United Dance Industry We hope
This article caught our eye and while it won’t stop bullying, it may just bring children closer together. Buddy Bench: ends schoolyard loneliness It’s a simple solution to the age-old schoolyard problem of loneliness. When a student at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Primary School (Melbourne) feels isolated they wander over to the rainbow
IKEA’s Anti Bullying Video Uses Plants To Make A Point About How We Talk To Each Other I can still hear my mother’s age-old warning loud and clear in my mind: “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Like most children, I didn’t exactly have much of a filter growing
Starting today, Instagram will hide anything intended to ‘harass or upset’ users. Instagram has launched an update that filters out bullying comments. Instagram 44.0 for iOS now filters out bullying comments intended to harass or upset people in the Instagram community. “Our Community Guidelines have always prohibited bullying on our platform and this is the
Bullying never stops and neither does the news. Here are the stories making headlines Bullying Headlines
ThinkUKnow was started in the United Kingdom by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and was developed for Australian audiences by the AFP in 2009. The program is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank, and is delivered in collaboration with New South Wales Police Force,
We’re interesting in discovering what APPS Australian teenagers are using. POLL: What APP is on your teenagers phone? Background Teenagers in America are using different APPS to teenagers here in Australia.
Teenage tormentors no longer leave their taunts in the schoolyard. 60 Minutes Episode 11 included Striking a nerve, exposing the plight of victims and parents. Striking a nerve How far would you go to protect your child against bullies? Liz Hayes investigates Australia’s bullying crisis. View Here There’s no question that bullying is shameful behaviour
Listening Saves Lives! Stay Kind wishes to encourage not only youth but the entire Australian population to care for one another. As a kind, compassionate community, it’s important to show empathy whilst also acknowledging and recognising that many people suffer in silence. Young people may find themselves overwhelmed by life or by others, and be
Mr Turnbull was deeply affected by the recent death of Northern Territory teenager Amy “Dolly” Everett, who took her own life after she was bullied online. Mr Turnbull sent the letters to all schools to urge them to get involved in this month’s national day of action against bullying to try to prevent similar tragedies*.
Call to ban smartphones in schools to prevent cyberbullying and improve students’ focus on learning AUSTRALIA’S Federal Education Minister has called for smartphones to be banned in classrooms. Senator Simon Birmingham made the call this week as figures show half of children were victim to cyberbullies in the past year. Cyberbullying is when children are
Once again we have lost another beautiful soul to bullying. In the face of their tragic loss, the brave family of Amy “Dolly” Everett have established a trust called “Dolly’s Dream” to raise awareness of bullying, anxiety, depression, and youth suicide, and on social media had been using the hashtags #stopbullyingnow and #doitforDolly. Cyber-bullying campaign launched
It’s Lisa’s heartwrenching story about her daughter, a victim of bullying in 2017 that must make us all think about how we can bring to an end heartless bullying in Australia. How can we help Lisa and her daughter overcome the bullies, the bullying, the stigma, the outdated attitudes of the school and it’s staff?
Bullies target physical appearance, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation – UN reports “School violence and bullying is a grave violation of the right to education,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the agency that oversaw the report and co-organized an international symposium on the subject now underway in
Children can now complain to a specific federal body if they are cyber-bullied. Passed in early 2015, the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Act established a Children’s eSafety Commissioner, a complaints system for reporting cyber-bullying material aimed at an Australian child and a two-tiered system for rapid removal of cyber-bullying material from large social-media services.
Two-thirds of young people in more than 18 countries say they have been bullied – UNICEF poll About 97 per cent of young people believe that bullying is a pervasive problem in their communities, and two-thirds say they have been bullied, a new survey conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and their partners
The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) allows secure online reporting of online crimes. The Commonwealth, state and territory governments policing initiative also helps people to recognise and avoid common cybercrimes. ACORN educates and advises about common cybercrime, such as hacking, online scams, online fraud, identity theft and attacks on computer systems, and advises victims.
Facebook has rolled out suicide prevention and support tools for vulnerable users and their concerned family and friends. Suicide prevention organisations in Australia have applauded the move. The social media network – which has almost 1.4 billion users worldwide – announced the feature at a conference in California on Thursday. The update allows users to
I am not a violent or aggressive person but I applauded the reaction of this poor bullied victim who could take the bullying no longer. The victim was tolerant, restrained and patient until enough was enough. Strike one against the bullies of this world! The poor bullied boy had endured enough and returns the favour.
Charlotte’s Law – Tougher Cyber Bullying Legislation The world lost a beautiful soul on February 22nd 2014. A soul that could light up an empty room, a soul that dreamed of the best. Charlotte Dawson, 47, took her own life. The circumstances surrounding her death are not yet known, however it was publicly known Charlotte
I started to feel anxious. I found it harder and harder to sleep and I lost my appetite. THE THINGS WE DON’T USUALLY TALK ABOUT Bill Masters* witnessed years of cruelty as a teacher, only to become a victim himself. Iwas a high school teacher for more than 25 years. I taught in four schools
Bullying complaints could swamp the Australian Fair Work Commission when it begins hearing cases in January 2014 because the Gillard government did not apply adequate methods to filter out dubious or unsuitable claims, a workplace academic says. And a corporate law firm has warned businesses they need to take steps to ensure they do not
We saw this excellent film on the weekend which highlights cyber-bullying amoungst other issues related to use of the internet. It has to be said it is a dark film as director Henry Alex Rubin explores the destructive potential of the internet. The cyber-bullying involves an introverted teenage goth, when he becomes the victim of a
“Cyber bullying” is defined as a young person tormenting, threatening, harassing, or embarrassing another young person using the Internet or other technologies, like cell phones. The psychological and emotional outcomes of cyber bullying are similar to those of real-life bullying. The difference is, real-life bullying often ends when school ends. For cyber bullying, there is
The statistics on cyberbullying are staggering.. 95% of social media-using teens who have witnessed cruel behavior on social networking sites say they have seen others ignoring the mean behavior; 55% witness this frequently (PEW Internet Research Center, FOSI, Cable in the Classroom, 2011) 84% have seen the people defend the person being harassed; 27% report seeing
The United Kingdom supports an annual Anti-bullying Week This Anti-Bullying Week we call on children and young people to take the lead on creating a future without bullying – using new technologies to promote positive communication rather than being held back by cyberbullying #ABW2013. If you are a school, college or education provider and you want to receive
Quotes About Bullying “If you’re horrible to me, I’m going to write a song about it, and you won’t like it. That’s how I operate.” Taylor Swift “One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” Michael J. Fox “Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean
National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence The 2014 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is on Friday 21 March 2014. This annual day provides a focus for all schools to say Bullying. No Way! and to strengthen their existing everyday messages that bullying and violence at school are not okay at