Tessa Mapstone

Online bullying can be offence

IF you think your Facebook profile makes you anonymous in the eye of the law, think again. 

International cyber-safety expert and former police officer Susan McLean said misusing technology and social media outlets such as Facebook was a criminal offence. 

"The first thing people should do (when they feel they've been bullied) is take a copy (of the offending comments), report it to Facebook and go to police," she said. 

She said it was not up to victims of abuse on social media to handle the situation.

"The police can request information from Facebook about who has made the comment." 

Ann Jessop is the crime prevention officer with Gladstone Police.

She said too often victims of bullying did not report a suspected crime. 

"Anything that makes you feel threatened for personal safety should be reported to an authority," she said. 

"You have the right to feel safe all the time."

Gladstone police regularly pursue crimes involving cyberbullying and she said they were vigilant in prosecuting offenders. 



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