• 1/4 Year 4 to Year 9 student reports being bullied every week in Australia
  • Cyberbullying appears to occurs more often with older students
  • Less than on in 10 students reported bullying through technology during a school term

(Source: Australian Covert Prevalence Bullying Study, May 2009, Edith Cowan University)

Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, social or physiological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. It can have long-term effects on those involved.

Bullying can happen:

  • face to face (e.g. Pushing, kicking, tripping, name-calling)
  • At a distance (e.g. Spreading roomers, excluding someone)
  • Through social media (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Ask FM, Snap chat, Twitter)

Cyberbullying is a term used to describe bullying that is carried out through social media and technology. Children who are cyberbullied are also likely to be bullied face-to-face.

Examples of cyberbullying can include:

  • repeared hang up calls
  • Sending insulting to threatening text messages
  • Publishing someone’s personal or embarrassing information online
  • Sending anonymous hate messages on social media