Join me to stop cyber bullying!
Cyber bullying is a real thing, with real consequences, and we need to take it seriously.
We recently learnt that Kiwi kids are among the worst affected by cyber bullying in the world. In New Zealand, almost every second parent or caregiver knew of a child who had been cyber bullied before turning 18 years.
The Ipsos Global Advisor Cyberbullying Study found that 65 per cent of the bullying takes place on social media sites, and it is estimated that 70 per cent of the attacks come from within the victim's classmates. In that same study, 81 per cent of New Zealanders believe that to address this issue we need to give it special attention and new strategies for the future.
When I asked what safety mechanisms are in place to address this, both the Minister of Justice, and the Minister of Education directed me towards Netsafe. Netsafe is a non-profit organisation providing online safety help, support, expertise and education. They are committed to safe online practices and are free to access.
I am impressed by the work that Netsafe does nationally, but I also feel there is more we can do here locally. It is essential that we address bullying and cyber bullying at individual, peer, school and community levels.
Cyber Smart Week takes place this year from October 8 to 12. This provides a timely opportunity to come together and discuss ways that we can address cyber attacks and keep people safe while they're online. If you have been cyber bullied, if you are interested in developing ideas on how we can address the issue, or if you are passionate about safe internet practices, come down to my office!
On Monday I held a public forum where, as a group, we discussed the devastating effects that can occur as the result of cyber bullying, and the tools that we can use to mitigate them.
I believe there is great power in community driven initiatives and I would be pleased to support your work and your ideas on how to keep our community safe.
Keep an eye out on my Facebook page for more details.
Netsafe is a nonprofit organisation providing online safety help, support, expertise and education. They are committed to safe online practices and ’
are free to access.