The extent of cyber bullying in Tasmanian schools remains largely unknown despite the vast amount of time adolescents and even younger children spend on social networking sites. The Australian Federal Government yesterday launched The Easy Guide to Socializing Online, its second website designed to counter the rise in online harassment following its Cybersmart site. Leading children’s psychologist Michael Carr-Greg said it was hard for researchers to put a number on how much cyber bullying was going on.
“The definition of cyber bullying is different for each child, so you have to have a really clear idea of what it is when you ask them,” Dr Carr-Greg said. “I think it’s an incredibly difficult area to research considering 60 to 90 per cent of the socializing kids do these days is digital. A lot of kids are accessing Facebook underage and aren’t willing to admit it to parents, let alone researchers.”
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