Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Kids Misuse Smart Phones

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Kids Misuse Smart Phones

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Owen Jacques


ARMED with powerful smart phones and savvy on tablets, children as young as 10 are becoming bullies online, targeting peers sometimes years before they even reach high school.

After years of playing with mum and dadCOs gadgets, these youngsters now likely have their own internet-capable phones, giving them responsibilities potentially beyond their years.

Beyond Blue chief executive Kate Carnell told APN while high schools were the traditional hotbeds for bullying online, the bad behaviour was increasingly reaching younger children.

C[pounds sterling]High schools and increasingly primary schools would appear to be the worst,C[yen] Ms Carnell said.

C[pounds sterling]WeCOre starting to see it in primary schools with Year 6 and Year 5 students in that space.C[yen]

She said many of these children saw the behaviour as particularly C[pounds sterling]coolC[yen], and perhaps did not realise they themselves were bullying others.

They may see someone being ridiculed, attacked or threatened online and share it with others on Facebook, or if on Twitter they will retweet it. …

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