Adult cyber trolls out in force in Toowoomba
KEYBOARD warriors, trolls - some of the names to describe the bullies who torment their victims while hidden behind a screen.
And they aren't just children.
In fact, according to The Chronicle readers who responded to a story about the rise of cyber bullying amongst school students, adult cyber bullies could be as bad as their younger counterparts, if not worse.
"It happens everywhere. I don't have kids old enough to access social media yet, but have seen enough adult bullying to want to keep them away," one reader said.
If you have experienced cyber bullying, share your story with us at www.thechronicle.com.au /your-story/
- Theresa Young: Adults can be worse than kids! It happens everywhere. I don't have kids old enough to access social media yet but seen enough adult bullying to want to keep them away.
- Amanda Buchan: Adults are just as bad. And it's everywhere. Queensland needs to catch up with laws preventing and actually punishing the practice. Too many bored people with self esteem issues who think that being nasty and hurtful is the same as being entitled to an opinion.
- Caitlyn Pond: From what I've seen, it's the adults that should know better who are the nastiest behind the keyboard.
- Naomi Econtarino: Until your child is 16 parents should know their children's logins. I have caught a parent bullying my 15yr old son in private messages. She got a serve from me before I blocked her. Not to mention overseas men messaging my young teen daughter. I tell them her age and that I'm reporting them before blocking them and warning my daughter not to add people unless she knows them.
Q: Is cyber bullying illegal in Queensland?
A: Yes, in many instances it is a crime when it involves: using the internet or a phone in a threatening, harassing or offensive way, making a threat, stalking, accessing internet accounts without permission, defamation, and encouraging suicide.
Q: What is stalking?
A: Stalking occurs when a person causes another person to fear physical or psychological harm and includes repeated email contact, text messages and chat room messages.
Q: What do I do if I'm being cyber bullied?
A: Block the person, tell someone, don't let the bully know they've upset you, seek legal advice.