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Charity calls for social media “trolling” to be criminalised.

Cyber-safety organisation the Carly Ryan Foundation has urged the federal government to consider introducing the online equivalent of domestic violence orders, The Courier Mail reports.

The submission was written by the mother of Carly Ryan – who was slain by a paedophile more than a decade ago.

It also proposes that police be given the ability to enforce temporary social media bans on offenders, who could then be tried as juveniles in the event of a breach.

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“The problem is so many resources are used to mediate young people without formal consequences,” Ms Ryan told the Courier Mail.

“Something like this would put youth on notice and give them the opportunity to do the right thing.”

Ms Ryan has also called for compulsory education programs to ensure young people are reached “before it gets to that point”.

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  • One of the best things we can do is to teach our children to turn off from social media and live their life without it.

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  • A step in the right direction as something needs to be done to police activities on social media. Trolling is terrible and the fallout from trolling can be so tragic.

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  • How are the Police going to prevent the offenders from accessing social media when they can read it on other peoples’ computers etc.?

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  • It’s easy enough to say don’t let your kids use social media, but they’ll always find a way to gain access. It’s sad this is how life is these days


    • Exactly and we need to teach them how to manage it and how to stop bullying which takes a whole community approach to this issue.

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  • I agree that something should be done about it. Very scary what happens on social media. And too many kids took their own life because of that. :-(

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