Cyberbullying and the role of the law in Australian schools: Views of senior officials

Young, Hannah, Campbell, Marilyn, Spears, Barbara, Butler, Des, Cross, Donna, & Slee, Phillip (2016) Cyberbullying and the role of the law in Australian schools: Views of senior officials. Australian Journal of Education, 60(1), pp. 86-101.

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Abstract

This study examined the opinions of influential, authoritative employees from the education and legal systems, regarding their perceptions of the role of the law and cyberbullying in Australian schools. Participants were asked whether they thought a specific law for cyberbullying should be introduced, what particular behaviours, if any, should be criminalised and who should be involved. Participants were located across three Australian States. Thematic analysis was used to identify eight main themes within the data, namely (1) uses of the law in general, (2) introduction of a law for cyberbullying, (3) benefits and difficulties of criminalising cyberbullying for young people, (4) conditions for a cyberbullying law for young people, (5) who should be involved in a cyberbullying law, (6) legal sanctions thought to be appropriate, (7) educational and legal solutions and (8) educational interventions for student cyberbullying. Implications include increasing the awareness of how existing legislative responses can be used as deterrents, working towards more effective cooperation of education and legal systems.

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ID Code: 96326
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: education, role of the law, cyberbullying, Australia, schools, students
DOI: 10.1177/0004944115627557
ISSN: 2050-5884
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Australian Council for Educational Research
Deposited On: 23 Jun 2016 22:53
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2016 05:20

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