Principal's Message

This week’s learning focus is on Cybersafety!

What is considered cyberbullying?

Although cyberbullying is in many ways the same as regular bullying, the use of technology adds a level of complexity that can impact both the engagement in and experience of these behaviours. Cyberbullying includes:

  •            sending abusive emails
  •         making silent or abusive phone calls
  •         spreading rumours via email or telephone
  •          sending offensive text messages
  •          making or posting hurtful videos
  •          excluding others online


How common is cyberbullying?

The prevalence of cyberbullying remains largely unclear. This is primarily related to the emerging behaviour, changing technologies and difficulties in defining and measuring the problem accurately. Internationally, cyberbullying prevalence rates have been reported as high as 25% in the United States, Canada and England and between 5% and 15% in many European countries and Australia.



 Why do children cyberbully?

It is important to consider whether people cyberbully for different reasons than they bully in non-cyber ways. Although the literature is sparse, it can be concluded that the motives are varied. The main reasons provided by students for their cyberbullying behaviour include:

·         revenge for being bullied in real life

·         a reaction to a previous argument

·         a means for the person bullying to display their technological skills for fun

Given the motivations, it is highly likely that not having to see the fear in the target’s eyes and being less aware of the consequences reduces the potential for empathy and remorse — factors which would lessen the likelihood of future acts of aggression and bullying.

With kindest regards

Anna Cindric