The IPA put in a submission to the Department of Communications’ inquiry ‘Enhancing Online Safety for Children’. The proposed Children’s e-Safety Commission is a threat to freedom of speech and digital liberty, and will do nothing to protect young Australians from ‘cyberbullying’. It is available here.
The government and much press commentary has suggested there are almost no remedies for serious bullying online and offline. However, there are a large number of laws which can help young people if they are being bullied.
The submission concludes that the best way to protect young people from bullying is through education, the existing legal framework, and by utilising the technologies and institutions available for users to take control of their online experiences.