A school's duty to provide a safe learning environment : Does this include cyberbullying?

Campbell, Marilyn A., Butler, Desmond A., & Kift, Sally M. (2008) A school's duty to provide a safe learning environment : Does this include cyberbullying? Australia and New Zealand Journal of Law and Education, 13(2), pp. 21-32.

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Cyberbullying is now recognised as a new form of bullying especially amongst young people. While the consequences of this insidious way of bullying have not been fully explored, it would seem it could be extremely detrimental to both the victims and the perpetrators. Schools in Australia and New Zealand are required to have anti-bullying policies but many have not considered cyberbullying to be in their jurisdiction as cyberspace has no geographical boundaries. This article examines the legal issues of cyberbullying and schools' responsibility under the civil law for cyberbullying and the criminal ramifications of such conduct.

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ID Code: 14913
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: cyberbullying, law
ISSN: 1327-7634
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Learning Sciences (130309)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 05:03

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