The shades of grey of cyberbullying in Australian schools

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Goff, Wendy. 2011. "The shades of grey of cyberbullying in Australian schools." Australian Journal of Education. 55 (2), pp. 176-182. https://doi.org/10.1177/000494411105500207
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The shades of grey of cyberbullying in Australian schools

ERA Journal ID20013
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorGoff, Wendy
Journal TitleAustralian Journal of Education
Journal Citation55 (2), pp. 176-182
Number of Pages7
Year2011
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN0004-9441
2050-5884
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/000494411105500207
Web Address (URL)http://aed.sagepub.com/content/55/2/176
Abstract

This article explores the effects of cyberbullying in relation to a school's duty of care. By examining the impact of cyberbullying through an increasingly common scenario, it becomes apparent that the strategies for Australian schools in maintaining their duty of care may be unclear and uncommunicated. Findings suggest that Australian law in its current form has failed to keep up with the advances in technology and does not effectively deal with the problems surrounding cyberbullying, both within society and within our schools. Such findings suggest that this lack of direction within Australia could be potentially detrimental to the perceptions of the value and use of the internet both within Australian schools and within Australian households, and support the need for global unity in the development of risk management strategies to deal with this growing phenomenon.

KeywordsAnti-Social behaviour; Bullying; Duty of care; Law; Legal responsibility; Negligence
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020399999. Other education not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsMonash University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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