Navigating the internet would be a lot simpler and safer if there was an easy-to-find, all-encompassing cyber bullying law—say, an “Australian Anti-Cyber Bullying Law” statute. If we had a single law document that listed everything you wanted to know in it such as how to tell if someone is being cyber bullied, what help you can get, and the corresponding penalties for those who break it, things would be easier. Unfortunately, there isn’t one specific cyber bullying law of that sort here in Australia.
Cyber bullying is real and must not be ignored. Need convincing? Just take a look at its ill-effects on the victims. Cyber bullying can impact everything from a victim’s performance in school to long-term mental health.
The internet, particularly social media, has made a huge impact on our lives over the years. It’s made it possible to meet new people from all over the world and to stay in virtual contact with those who are physically out of reach. Unfortunately, the internet is not always a safe place, especially for students and children.
Bullying can affect anyone, no matter what age. It takes on many different forms, from face-to-face harassment to online abuse, and it’s time we do something about it.
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