Cyber bullying is the use of the Internet and related technologies such as mobile phones, to harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.
Cyber bullying is a growing problem as it is out of the jurisdiction of most schools and generally done behind closed doors. Many teenagers who are faced with a cyber bully do not report the bullying, but instead dwell on the subject, causing them to become depressed, anxious and more times than one suicidal. In recent years, cyber bullying has emerged, increasing the amount of bullies and victims. An example of how cyber bullying and how it can effect an individual comes from the Sydney Morning Herald, it explains why Megan Meier committed suicide and how Lori Drew was charged over the incident. The Crimes Act 1900 has many sections, but the main section that deals with cyber bullying is in section 60E which makes it an offence for a person to assault, stalk, harass or intimidate anyone, this includes school staff or students while attending school, but it does not cover bullying outside of school premises. This Acts effectiveness does not protect victims from cyber bullying, especially on school premises, making it not very effective when protecting individual’s rights against cyber bullying. Restorative Justice Programs are based on a shared ownership, or a peer approach to resolve problems that arise, even those in schools. Restorative Justice Programs take the form of conferences that involve a wide range of people. The incidents are generally discussed and a way of resolving them are figured out with the perpetrators and victims present. This program is extremely effective as it lowers the amount of children and teenagers that go into the legal system, it is educative rather than punitive, and costs a lot less than a court appearance would cost solving the same/similar matter. Duty of care for schools is anything that happens inside their gates is there jurisdiction, but the extent of a schools...
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