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Who really pays for cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is growing. It is a major concern to children, parents and guardians. But the cost doesn’t stop at the victim – it has long-term financial implications for our schools, workplaces, healthcare system and society.

According to the Productivity Commission bullying comes at a phenomenal cost: more than $A6 billion annually in Australia alone. Children who bully are more likely to grow up to be adults who exhibit antisocial behaviours like workplace bullying and harassment.

While a relatively new problem with few longitudinal studies, experts consider the effects of cyberbullying to be even greater than traditional bullying.

Alex Merton-McCann is Intel Security’s Cybermum in Australia. A blogger and subject expert, she says one of the biggest problems with cyberbullying is that it’s often visible to anybody online.

“Say, for example, it happens on your Facebook profile,” she says. “Followers from both sides can see what’s going on. Some experts believe it can be even more traumatic because it’s harder to escape.”

Originally Published by ANZ Blue Notes, continue reading here.

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