In February 2012, Melbourne schoolgirl Catherine Bernard took her life, after suffering depression and falling prey to cyber-bullying. Catherine is not the first victim.
According to a recent global poll, Australia rates number one in the world for bullying on social networks like Facebook, with nine in 10 families reporting a child’s brush with bullies online.
The surge in cyber-bullying takes harassment from the playground directly into victims’ bedrooms, becoming an incessant and ongoing form of public humiliation that for victims seems impossible to escape.
This edition of 101 East explores the dark side of the web.
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