Schools report big rise in school cyberbullying
Reports of school students suffering from cyberbullying have surged in the past year.
Ahead of a meeting of education ministers in Adelaide today, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner released figures that show it has received 265 complaints of cyberbullying from children and teenagers so far this financial year.
It is a 28% increase on the 206 complaints received in the same period last year.
State and Territory education ministers have been asked to share strategies to combat cyberbullying.
The meeting is also expected to consider calls for a review of the NAPLAN testing regime.
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham said there was no silver bullet to tackling bullying, whether it was online or in the school yard.
“It’s not just schools and teachers that have a role but also parents and families who need to be armed with resources and information so they can help children being bullied,” Senator Birmingham said.