School Policy Responses to Cyberbullying: An Australian Legal Perspective

Des Butler, Sally Kift, Marilyn Campbell, Phillip Slee, Barbara Spears

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The use of electronic means of contact to support repeated aggressive behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others - or ‘cyberbullying ’as it is now known - is increasingly becoming a problem for modern students, teachers, parents and schools. Increasingly victims of face to face bullying are looking to the law as a means of recourse, not only against bullies but also school authorities who have the legal responsibility to provide a safe environment for learning. It is likely that victims of cyberbullying will be inclined to do the same. This article examines a survey of the anti-bullying policies of a small sample of Australian schools to gauge their readiness to respond to the challenge of cyberbullying, particularly in the context of the potential liability they may face. It then uses that examination as a basis for identifying implications for the future design of school anti-bullying policies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7–28
JournalInternational Journal of Law and Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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