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Cyberbullying

First up let me ask you, it doesn't matter if you're an adult; have you been cyberbullied? There is a whole plethora of ways people can be bullied: threats, teasing, blackmail, posting offensive content, sexism, racism, religious persecution, and a whole lot more. According to a new study victims of cyberbullying have a far higher chance of depression. According to the ALC (Australian Institute of Criminology) it has highlighted the growing problem of covert and cyber bullying affecting Australian schools and their students. Covert bullying can be understood as any form of aggressive behaviour that is repeated, intended to cause harm, characterised by an imbalance of power and is hidden from, or unacknowledged by, adults. It can include the spreading of rumours or attempts at socially excluding others. Cyber bullying is a form of covert bullying and is carried out through the use of technology; for example, on the internet through emails, blogs and social networking sites, as well as via mobile phones. More at http://www.aic.gov.au/publications/current%20series/rip/1-10/09.aspx In studies (done by Carmel Privitera, MPsych and Marilyn Anne Campbell, Ph.D. School of Learning and Professional Studies, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.) about workplace cyberbullying between adults results showed that 34% of respondents were bullied face-to-face, and 10.7% were cyberbullied. More at http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/cpb.2009.0025 If you are a bully in Australia you can be charged with the death of another if they commit suicide due to your cybercrime. Allem Halkic killed himself after suffering abuse through the internet and text messages in 2011. The courts ruled his death was caused through an act of violence and the offender was charged. According to the UCLA roughly 1 million people die by suicide each year in the USA. 4000 of these deaths are in the 8 to 24 age group. If you are a child suffering from cybercrime or just depression in general, you can find help at www.kidshelp.com.au/ there is a page for adults too. In the year 2009 suicide was the registered cause of 2,132 deaths, making it the 14th most common cause of death in the population generally according to the Australian Government House of Representatives. With the rules changed on GS there is a chance that bulling will increase. For more info look at http://www.examiner.com/parenting-teens-in-fort-lauderdale/psych-studies-on-college-students-cyberbullying-depression-suicide