Schools report big rise in school cyberbullying

Reports of school students suffering from cyberbullying have surged in the past year.

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner released figures that show it has received 265 complaints of cyberbullying from children and teenagers so far this financial year.

It is a 28 per cent increase on the 206 complaints received in the same period last year.

State and Territory education ministers have been asked to share strategies to combat surge in cyber bullying.Picture: Getty Images

State and Territory education ministers have been asked to share strategies to combat cyberbullying. The meeting is also expected to consider calls for a review of the NAPLAN testing regime.

Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said there was no silver bullet to tackling bullying, whether it was online or in the school yard.

“It’s not just schools and teachers that have a role but also parents and families who need to be armed with resources and information so they can help children being bullied,” Senator Birmingham said.

“Every school system is working to combat bullying and by working together we can learn what’s working in different parts of the country and identify what more we can all do.”

Education Minister Sue Ellery said programs in WA included work by the Telethon Kids Institute, whole school anti-bullying plans and promoting the online complaints system developed by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

She said she was eager to hear the experiences of other States about how they educate children on cyber safety.

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote to all schools to encourage them to take part in a national day of action against bullying and violence last month.

He said he was prompted to do more to tackle the problem after the death of 14-year-old Amy “Dolly” Everett, who took her own life in the Northern Territory in January after she was the victim of persistent bullying.

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has received 757 cyberbullying complaints since it was launched three years ago and completed 31,374 investigations into illegal and offensive online content.

Originally Published by The West Australian, continue reading here.

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