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The Cyber Bullying Crisis: 

The Cyber Bullying Crisis

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In 2009 it was calculated that approximately 17 million people were regular users of the internet.

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As of December 2011, 23,927,457 people in the Australian and Oceania region accessed the internet.

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Of the online population, 32% of teenagers experienced cyber bullying. The Australian Communications and Media Authority found that children and teenagers spent, on average, 3½ hours per day on social network sites.

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15 % of online teens have had private material forwarded without permission. 13 % have received threatening messages. 6 % have had embarrassing photos posted without permission .

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What is cyber bullying?

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Cyber bullying is when a person or a group uses new digital technologies such as mobile phones or the internet to upset, tease, threaten, or humiliate someone.

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How is cyber bullying different to other forms of bullying?

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Cyber bullying is a form of bullying but because it happens online or on mobile phones it can happen 24 hours a day, seven days a week. What makes cyber bullying different is that you cannot escape the bullies. They can be on the internet and in your phone. In the school environment you can usually get away from the bullies, however when technology is involved it can feel as though there is no escape.

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Who are the victims?

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According to studies by Yale University, victims of bullying are between 2- 9 times more likely to consider suicide than those who do not experience bullying. ABC News reported statistics affirming that nearly 30% of students are either bullies or victims of bullying.

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Most recent death attributable to cyber bullying is Amanda Todd. After being tormented both online and at school, she committed suicide on October 10 2012.

What action is being taken to fight cyber bullying?: 

What action is being taken to fight cyber bullying?

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ReachOut.com is an Australian organisation leading the fight against all forms of bullying, including cyber bullying.

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In 2011 Australia launched the first National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. March 18 is the day Australians community awareness campaign.

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Celebrities such as Collin Farrell, Elton Joh n , the Kardishians , and Ellen DeGeneres have joined forces with global organisation STOMP Out Bullying, to raise awareness of bullying in children, teenagers and adults.

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Join the fight. Stand up against bullies. Don’t allow people to utilise new technologies to torment you.