Australian study targets ‘toxic’ cyber-bullying

The West Australian Government will spend $400,000 on a world-first five-year study into cyber-bullying, amid growing concern about the damaging effect on children being targeted by abusive text messages, emails and degrading digital photos.Education Minister Mark McGowan said yesterday that up to 15 per cent of WA students were victims of “vicious” cyber-bullying, which was generally anonymous and had potentially dire consequences.Access to mobile phones and computers had increased the problem, with students using those technologies to “intimidate and harass in a way that has not been seen before”.,25197,23347281-5013404,00.html,24897,23348279-15306,00.html

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