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Cyber-bullying has become a concern in many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and was raised during ACCAN's Indigenous consultation workshop in Alice Springs earlier this year. The widespread take-up of the smartphone has contributed significantly to the increase in cyber-bullying and means for victims it can be somewhat inescapable.

Summary: ACCAN's submission to the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety raises important issues related to cyber-bullying in Indigenous communities. The cultural and community context in which cyber-bullying takes place, the importance of community involvement in resolutions, the existence of racism directed at Indigenous people online, and the need to raise awareness on misguided use of the internet are highlighted in the submission.

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