Cybersafety, Bullying and Cyberbullying


Cybersafety refers to the way in which people behave safely and responsibly to keep themselves and their friends safe online.

Children and young people are no longer passive recipients of information that is available on the internet. They actively produce web content and publish their personal details, creative works and comments on sites such as YouTube and Facebook.

Cyebrsafety issues include, but are not limited to: cyberbullying, digital reputation, sexting, social media use and problematic internet use.


Bullying is when someone, or a group of people, deliberately upset or hurt another person or damage their property, reputation or social acceptance on more than one occasion. There is an imbalance of power in incidents of bullying due to age, size, status or other reasons.

Bullying may occur because of perceived differences such as culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability or disability, religion, body size and physical appearance, age or economic status. Bullying may be motivated by jealousy, distrust, fear, misunderstanding or lack of knowledge. It can continue over time, is often hidden from adults and will probably continue if no action is taken.


Cyberbullying is bullying behaviour (described above) using digital technologies. This includes harassment via a mobile phone, setting up a defamatory personal website or deliberately excluding someone from social networking spaces.

For more information, see: School Policy Advisory Guide: Bullying including Cyberbullying

For more comprehensive learning and teaching activities and resources to support cybersafety education, see: Cyber Teach Toolkit