Seven Nightly News Story: Cyberbullying and Online Safety for Children

Seven Nightly News Story: Cyberbullying and Online Safety for Children


A 13 year-old girl has been forced to move
schools after a bully posted fake nude photos of her on Facebook. She’s pleading for more
to be done to help victims of cyber hate. Two months ago, a fake Facebook page was set
up in this 13 year-old’s name. She was inboxing all my friends through private messages asking
for naked photos of all my friends, saying that she was me as well. Mum, Bec, who has
asked us not to use the family’s surname claims 12 year-old school mate of Brooks was behind
it. Felt terrible. Felt helpless. Distraught and embarrassed, this teen felt her only hope
was to change schools. I want to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else and because
it hurts a lot. Today, the law regarding cyber bullying is pretty complex. So we’re looking
at whether there should be a simplified cyber bullying offence and we’ve got a discussion
paper out now seeking the community’s view on that. That paper has also proposed the
creation of a children’s e-safety commissioner to help protect kids from cyber bullying on
social media. If the children’s e-safety commissioner agrees this is cyber bullying, they will say
to the large site, you need to take this down. Submissions are due next Friday. There are
about one in ten kids who are experiencing cyber bullying. Psychologist Evelyn Field
recommend parents do spot checks on their child’s social media accounts and phone, as
well as keep technology out in the open. The kids are just getting crueller and younger
these days so I think they need a punishment. Charges have not been laid against the creator
of the fake account. Tineka Everaardt, Seven News.

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