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Some jurisdictions have specific anti-bullying laws, while others use existing laws to prosecute cases.
Victoria also has its own anti-bullying and sexting laws.
It also encourages the reporting of inappropriate or offensive content to the relevant internet or mobile-service providers or social-media sites to have it removed/deleted, and to contact their local police.
“As part of the AFP’s role in investigating crimes committed against the Commonwealth, the AFP’s Cyber Crime Operations investigates the compromise of computer systems of national significance,” the spokesperson says.
The Commonwealth, state and territory governments policing initiative also helps people to recognise and avoid common cybercrimes.
ACORN educates and advises about common cybercrime, such as hacking, online scams, online fraud, identity theft and attacks on computer systems, and advises victims.
Cyber-bullying is illegal in Australia, but working out what aspects are covered and how can be a challenge.
Chloe was called ugly, teased for not having a mother, thrown against lockers, called horrible names and socially excluded. Chloe tried to brush it off, but the bullying affected her confidence.
Among other things, the legislation provides for: A mechanism for the commissioner to give end-user notices to require a person who posts cyber-bullying material targeted at an Australian child to remove the material, refrain from posting further material or apologise to the child for posting the material; and There is no specific offence of “cyber-bullying” under Commonwealth legislation, but it is an offence to use a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence under s474.17 of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
The maximum penalty is three years imprisonment or a fine of more than ,000.
Regardless of whether a jurisdiction has specific cyber-bullying laws, related behaviours such as stalking, making threats and physical assault are generally covered by existing state and territory legislation.
The youngest of eight siblings, Chloe Fergusson, 15, suicided after she was relentlessly bullied physically, verbally and online.
“This includes critical national infrastructure and information systems, major financial institutions and government agencies.” A number of people have been convicted of using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.