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    What is cyber bullying?

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  • Damien Haines

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    Damien Haines is a registered Clinical Psychologist who brings a warm and empathetic approach to therapy. He emphasises engagement in the world and encourages clients … View Profile

    I'm guessing you are referring to this new initiative from the AHRC and the Australian Government

    http://somethingincommon.gov.au/backmeup

    Cyber bullying is basically any kind of bullying behaviour thhat is carried out online. It can be done to hurt, embarrass, shame, ridicule, organise “possies” etc towards individuals or groups of people. It is sometimes far more difficult for the person who is being bullied as technology accesses us in so many ways the bullying can happen at any time anywhere. “Standard” bullying tends to only happen at work, school, home etc and so there are “safe” places where it is unlikely you would encounter bullies. Like I said, you get no relief from this with cyber bullying.

    Additionally, the bullying is public, adding to the hurt. One can also sometimes see objectively how many people have viewed, commented on etc the bullying behaviour further adding to the hurt.

    Further information is available on these links

    http://au.reachout.com/find/articles/cyberbullying

    http://www.cyberbullying.info

    I hope this is helpful

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