Report

Adequacy of existing offences in the Commonwealth Criminal Code and of state and territory criminal laws to capture cyberbullying

28 Mar 2018
Description

On 7 September 2017 the Senate referred the following matter to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee (the committee) for inquiry and report by 29 November 2017: The adequacy of existing offences in the Commonwealth Criminal Code and of state and territory criminal laws to capture cyberbullying, including:

(a) the broadcasting of assaults and other crimes via social media platforms;

(b) the application of section 474.17 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code 'Using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence', and the adequacy of the penalty, particularly where the victim of cyberbullying has self-harmed or taken their own life;

(c) the adequacy of the policies, procedures and practices of social media platforms in preventing and addressing cyberbullying;

(d) other measures used to combat cyberbullying predominantly between school children and young people; and

(e) any other related matter.

There are 5 chapters in this report:

• Cha[ter 1 provides information about the conduct of the inquiry, as well as relevant background.

• Chapter 2 examines the nature and prevalence of cyberbullying.

• Chapter 3 considers the adequacy of existing criminal offences.

• Chapter 4 examines the policies, procedures and practices of social media platforms, as well as education and prevention initiatives.

• Chapter 5 provides the committee's view.

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978-1-76010-739-0
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CC BY-NC-ND
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2018
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