It also covers stalking and cyber-bullying, which can be reported to ACORN if the actions are intended to make the victim feel fearful, uncomfortable, offended or harassed.Those being physically stalked or concerned about their safety should report to local police immediately.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 covers a wide range of cyber-bullying behaviour, such as making threats over social media or posting compromising photos.State and territory police are responsible for investigating cyber-bullying and may apply relevant state/territory legislation or the Commonwealth legislation.
Some states and territories have specific cyber-related laws, while others rely on federal cyber-safety laws and/or existing state and federal criminal laws to cover cyber-bullying and other online crimes. Brodie’s Law Victoria’s 2011 anti-bullying laws make serious bullying a crime punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
A child or their parent/guardian can lodge a complaint to the commissioner if they have reported the material to the specific social-media site first and did not receive an outcome.
The commissioner will have the power to investigate complaints into cyber-bullying and conduct investigations as he or she sees fit.
Things came to a head when a group of girls kicked and punched her after she got off the school bus, threatening to post footage of the attack on social media. Chloe’s family collected more than 48,000 signatures on a petition calling for federal crime laws to incorporate a legal definition of cyber-bullying and to regulate it.
They wanted a specific offence of cyber-bullying created and to take all possible actions to regulate, prosecute and educate against bullying in all forms, particularly cyber-bullying.