SOUTH West TAFE’s Hamilton campus has run a cyber bullying awareness class for VCAL students to confront the growing issue in schools and society in general.
The students learned about what cyber bullying actually is and its consequences, how to report cyber bullying and what happens when it is reported to police.
SWTAFE youth welfare officer, Trudy Marr said the class was about preventing harm from cyber bullying.
“It’s not in response to any specific case among the students, it’s about awareness of the general issue in society,” she said.
“It follows on from a program last year with (Hamilton police Senior Constable Paula Cutler) about youth and the law.”
The Australian Government defines cyber bullying as sending abusive or hurtful texts, emails, messages, images or videos as well as imitating others online.
As the internet has moved rapidly from computers to smartphones, so has the cyber bullying.
Full story in The Spectator on Thursday, March 6, 2014.