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Reporting Cyberbullying

Posted: 07-Jan-2019 by Maccabi Member Protection

Media alert 2 January 2019 

Advice on reporting of cyberbullying

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner would like to remind any media reporting on cyberbullying and related issues that help is available for those affected.

The long summer holidays can be challenging for young people. Being away from school can amplify feelings of loneliness and instability at a time when they tend to spend more time online but have less direct access to their usual support systems, including friends, teachers and school counsellors. Mean, humiliating, harassing or threatening online comments can have devastating impacts on their emotional and physical well-being.

The eSafety Office’s world-first cyberbullying reporting service for children works with social media platforms to have harmful content quickly removed, preventing escalation of the impact. Any Australian under the age of 18, or an adult authorised by the young person, can report cyberbullying to esafety.gov.au/reportcyberbullying.

We understand from this firsthand contact how distressing cyberbullying can be, so we work with a range of mental health organisations to provide support for those affected.

The eSafety Office has referred more than 6,000 young Australians to Kids Helpline (www.kidshelpline.com.au or ph 1800 55 1800) for mental health support by online chat or by phone, and we have developed a Wellbeing Directory for easy access to mental health organisations.

We also provide educational resources for parents and carers, to help guide their children.

We urge the media to include this information in any reporting of cyberbullying.

 

For more information, please contact:
Deborah Rice -  Communications & Marketing Manager
02 9334 7861 and 0455 211 918  or media@esafety.gov.au

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