Cyber bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm others. It differs from traditional schoolyard bullying because it often continues outside of school and school hours. It can be 24/7, and sometimes the bully is anonymous.
Protecting your reputation
When you send something electronically, either via your mobile phone or over the internet, you lose control over who sees it or what they do with it. You may never be able to permanently delete the image or text. Before you send anything electronically, think about where it might end up. For more information see the Protecting your reputation factsheet (PDF, 1MB).
ThinkUKnow is an Internet safety program delivering interactive training to parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia using a network of accredited trainers from our partner agencies.
Created by the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, ThinkUKnow Australia has been developed by AFP, Microsoft Australia and Datacom, supported by the Northern Territory Police, Queensland Police Service, South Australia Police, Tasmania Police, Western Australia Police, Neighbourhood Watch Australasia and ninemsn.
ThinkUKnow is educating adults on how to ensure today’s children have a positive online experience and give them tools to manage their online safety. Participants learn about the types of things young people are doing online, and are given guidance on how to minimise risks and address issues as they arise.
You can visit the ThinkUKnow website for more information on the program.