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School policy responses to cyberbullying : an Australian legal perspective

Butler, Desmond A., Kift, Sally M., Campbell, Marilyn A., Slee, Phillip, & Spears, Barbara (2011) School policy responses to cyberbullying : an Australian legal perspective. International Journal of Law and Education, 16(2), pp. 7-28.

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Abstract

The use of electronic means of contact to support repeated aggressive behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others – or ‘cyberbullying’ as it is now known – is increasingly becoming a problem for modern students, teachers, parents and schools. Increasingly victims of face to face bullying are looking to the law as a means of recourse, not only against bullies but also school authorities who have the legal responsibility to provide a safe environment for learning. It is likely that victims of cyberbullying will be inclined to do the same. This article examines a survey of the anti-bullying policies of a small sample of Australian schools to gauge their readiness to respond to the challenge of cyberbullying, particularly in the context of the potential liability they may face. It then uses that examination as a basis for identifying implications for the future design of school anti-bullying policies.

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ID Code: 49320
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: cyberbullying, school policies, duty of care, negligence, defamation, police
ISSN: 1836-9030
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Counselling (130305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association.
Deposited On: 23 Mar 2012 13:29
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 21:31

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