UTS Library

Cyberbullying - Display on Level 4

Cyberbullying - Bullying in the Digital Age

UTS Library has curated a selection of books and images relating to the topic of Cyberbullying;

‘Cyberbullying occurs when someone is deliberately and repeatedly hurt and embarrassed via electronic means, such as the internet or a mobile phone. It is common, especially among children and teenagers.
Cyberbullying can include teasing, name calling, threats, nasty comments, put-down and rumours. In fact, it can involve anything intended to embarrass, upset, scare or exclude the person being bullied’ – www.healthdirect.gov.au/cyberbullying

Teenagers are especially vulnerable to Cyberbullying because of the amount of time they spend online. According to a 2017 Sensis report, they can spend an average 3.3 hours a day online, looking at posts and uploading selfies. Peer pressure to look good and to share their experiences online is having an unintended social consequence of isolating people and allowing the spread of malicious behaviour due to the perceived anonymity of the internet. Young people often do not report online bullying for fear that adults will not understand the problem and that the situation will only be made worse.

Strategies for coping with Cyberbullying might involve some digital downtime including tech free zones, especially in bedrooms because screen use interferes with sleep, and teaching children how to pause without posting. Schools can encourage the reporting of Cyberbullying through confidential  channels such as https://kidshelpline.com.au, and through encouraging children to look out for each other if they have a friend that may be being bullied.

The Library has many books on Cyberbullying sharing research and coping strategies and a selection of these books is available to view in the display case.  The display also includes a novel by the UTS author Wendy James ‘The Golden Child’; a ‘blogger’ in a normal, happy household with two gorgeous children, but with a real life alter ego where family tensions exist and one child is accused of bullying. A thoughtful perspective into how well we really know the lives of our children, and a timely reminder to parents to look out for signs of Cyberbullying.

The new display is available for staff and students to view on Level 4 in the Library.