In 2007, 1 in 5 New Zealand high school students reported being cyberbullied and media attention on the issue has increased dramatically since NetSafe first undertook research on the problem.
For those not familiar with the term, cyberbullying is bullying. It’s using the internet, a mobile phone or other technology like a digital camera to hurt somebody, harass or embarrass them.
Children grow up today with access to more and more technology, quickly adapting to new ways of communicating and often use the internet and mobiles phones as the main way to reach friends 24/7.
This access to technology also means that bullying can happen outside school wherever and however a child communicates with friends ‐ on websites, online chat and on their mobile phone.
NetSafe cyberbullying information and advice:
- read our condensed guide to dealing with cyberbullying on this site
- check out all our cyberbullying Q&As or
- explore cyberbullying.org.nz where you can watch our New Zealand made film on the issue: At A Distance
- teachers, principals and BOT members can order a copy of the DVD for their school
NetSafe is dedicated to providing evidence based advice on cyberbullying and we welcome comments from anyone affected by it.
You can leave a comment below, telephone us or send us a confidential email.