02 June 2016

Online bullying increasingly crossing over with school activities

Mitigate and manage: The legal risks you must be aware of

The Educator asked two experts – David Ford of Emil Ford Lawyers and Alex Kohn

of Makinson d’Apice Lawyers – to identify some of the most important emerging legal risks facing school leaders.

Claims for damages arising out of cyber bullying are on the rise, as the explosion of electronic communications finds online bullying activity increasingly crossing over with school activities.

Makinson d’Apice partner Alex Kohn said any cyber bullying between students offsite with no connection to a school does not result in liability. However, there are an increasing number of grey areas on that spectrum, with many student cyber bullying situations tying into schools in some manner, or blatantly spilling over into playgrounds, classrooms, or sports fields.

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