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Harmful Digital Communications Act

How to handle cyberbullying when it crosses the line

YouTube has some great compilation videos of mums and dads leaping out at the last possible second to save their kids from falling or hurting themselves. These superhero-like reflexes may seem amazing to a lot of people, but as parents, we know these actions are instinctive when it comes to the safety of our children. This is easy to figure out in the real world, but when should you step into your child’s life online?

Harmful Digital Communications Act (HDCA)

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, our children do come into harm’s way online in the form of cyberbullying. While we always recommend parents exercise caution before stepping in, there are times when it becomes absolutely necessary such as:

  • The bully has threatened your child with violence
  • The bully uses violent terms or imagery to intimidate your child
  • The bully follows your child home or confronts them physically

In these instances, we encourage you to step in immediately and use the law. The Harmful Digital Communications Act (HDCA) specifically includes measures to help victims, ways to simplify the process for getting harmful communications off the internet quickly and effectively, and outlines criminal offences applicable to penalise serious perpetrators.

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