How to protect your child from cyberbullying: A guide
Parents should be careful when sharing personal details online, according to a new Australian Government guidance.
Cyberbullying and cyberbullies are two of the top 10 issues that Australian Government agencies are working on.
The guidance recommends parents make sure their child has a trusted third party who will take action on their behalf if they believe they have been the victim of cyberbullied.
Parents and guardians should also ensure they have a cyberbullie tracker installed on their devices.
“Cyberbullying is a real issue and there are so many ways people can get hurt,” Dr Caroline White, chief executive of the Australian Government’s cyberbully taskforce, told ABC News.
“There are so much different ways that someone can be hurt, but if they are using the internet, it’s a place where they can be vulnerable to a cyberattack.”
It’s a real, real risk.
“Cyberbullies may try to trick a child into clicking on links that lead to malicious sites and use that to spread malware.
Cyber bullying can be very serious, and parents need to know how to respond to cyberbullish behaviour, the Government said.
What is cyberbulling?
Cyberbulling is the use of online activity to cause distress or cause harm, which can be through malicious sites or apps, including chatbots.
It’s more common in rural areas.
Cyberattacks include targeted attacks on online platforms that involve malicious software or code.
There is also cyber-bullying in the context of bullying, or the use to cause harm or distress.
What are the risks?
Cyber bullying is a serious offence and is more likely to result in imprisonment, even if there are no serious consequences for the offender.
It can also result in a prison sentence for a person who does not know the person they are bullying.
If you are worried about your child, or think your child might be being bullied, call the National Cyberbulliness Hotline 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or report the cyberbulliest person to police.
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