Recently the Australian Education Department 'apparently' said that it is reluctant to amend its disciplinary guidelines on cyber-bullying or become involved in incidents outside school hours for fear of exposure to compensation claims. However, many parents and teachers believe something needs to be done before it gets out of control and lawsuits start choking our legal system.
I would have to agree with the author of this article in that if you suspect something is wrong, don't wait until it is too late. As parents and teachers we need to act quickly and nip this unsavory behavior in the butt or suffer the consequences.
Accountability is what it boils down to and litigation is one big money spinner and if it is at the expense of our children then it is not worth it. That cyber-bullying is on the increase is obvious, one only needs to read the papers or read the news online. Is there something we can do about it? Perhaps restrictions on mobile phones or the social media, or implement policies and procedures. But then again... are we policing things too closely? Do we take away more freedoms?
Children should be able to learn in a safe environment and definitely not harassed after school hours by their peers. Bullies tend to grow up and sometimes continue as bullies in the workplace. An unpleasant situation all around, loosing money for many businesses, and creating health issues for those being bullied.