Bullying, School Liability and the Relationship with Student Wellbeing and Learning

Bullying is no longer confined to the school premises before the final bell of the day rings. Since the internet is everywhere, we have entered a new frontier where bullying has the potential to happen anywhere at any time in the form of cyberbullying. A new report released by the Federal Government in November 2018 has found that bullying severely affects the learning and wellbeing of students, particularly young students in primary school.

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Sexting as a Social Norm: How Schools Can Address the Legal and Social Risks for Students

At a recent NSW Anti-Bullying Conference, Canadian Researcher and Psychology Professor, Wendy Craig, told attendees that “teenagers now see sexting as a social norm and its dangers need to be addressed directly in classrooms as part of the sex education curriculum.” However, schools also need to navigate the legal risks of child pornography laws when addressing the topic of sexting.

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Mobile Devices in Schools: Is Banning Connected Devices the Key?

The New South Wales Education Department will look to a French schoolyard ban on connected devices as it considers age restrictions­ on smart phones, iPads and even digital watches in the classroom, as part of a landmark review. But, despite incidences of distraction in the classroom, social isolation and cyber bullying, experts have said that mobile phones can also play a part in supporting the digital literacy of students in schools, not to mention their health and welfare outside the classroom.

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Federal Govt plans to introduce cyber-bullying watchdog

The Federal Coalition Government has signalled its plans to introduce a new independent statutory authority in addition to laws that could force harmful content to be removed quickly from social media sites, along with the introduction of a “simplified” cyber-bullying offence. The Government this week released a discussion paper, echoing its pre-election policy, which proposes […]

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