Bullying is when an individual or a group of people, with more power, repeatedly and intentionally cause hurt or harm to another person or group of people who feel helpless to respond.
Cyberbullying is when bullying happens in the online/texting environments. The key elements are the same - intent and repetition:
In New Zealand it is illegal to post online causing distress. New Zealand’s Harmful Digital Communications Act (2015) relates to any form of electronic communication (text writing, photo, intimate visual recording) that causes harm or serious emotional distress. Netsafe has been selected as New Zealand’s preferred agency for handling all harmful digital communications by receiving complaints and enquiries; assessing and advising; and investigating.
Civil enforcement of the Harmful Digital Communication Act started on 21st November 2016 relating to:
Most online activity with youth is positive, however, there are some real concerns happening in this space:
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