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Teen charged with using Snapchat to stalk and threaten another teenager.

A 13-year-old far north Queensland girl has been charged with stalking and using a carriage service to threaten violence after allegedly using the Snapchat app to cyberbully another teenager.

The girl from the northern Cairns suburb of Kewarra Beach, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was accused of sending multiple video messages threatening physical harm against a 14-year-old girl between February 24 and March 8.

Using a carriage service to threaten violence is a Commonwealth offence that carries a maximum penalty of three years’ jail.

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The ABC reported the teenager’s charges were dealt with outside court, but details of the outcome cannot be revealed.

Senior Constable Jane Moran, from Cairns police, said reports of cyberbullying among young teenagers were increasing.

“This is beyond schoolyard activities, this is very serious stuff,” she said.

“Kids shouldn’t be scared or intimidated and they shouldn’t be frightened,” Senior Constable Moran said.

“You’ve just got to look at the incident with Dolly [Everett] a few months ago, we need to try and stop these things happening to kids.”

Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett, 14, took her own life after allegedly falling victim to bullying.

Cyber safety expert, Leonie Smith shared that she is hearing more and more reports about abusive behaviour on Snapchat.

She wrote, “Along with all the adult content and location privacy issues. NOT suitable for younger users. An app doesn’t cause bullying, but it is impossible for parents to successfully monitor this app if concerned. Respect starts in the home.”

Very true! We need to teach kids that cyber bullying is not on.

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  • I think there should be consequences to threats, at the very least some community service. I think this also highlights how important it is to build resilience in our children so that they can handle any threats or challenges that come their way.

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  • Not a day goes by without Cyber bullying being raised to our attention – such a pity some children find this a means to vent violence – the laws should definitely be stricter and more control exercised.

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  • I’ve a 13yr old myself and just trying to imagine this situation. Very concerning. But charging a 13yr old with 3yr jail is not ok to me.
    For some young children life is full of problems, they run away, come in contact with wrong people, drugs and alcohol, skip class, stealing and lying. Not all parents are able to keep their kids on the right path. Educating our kids about what’s right and wrong is so important indeed.

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  • Hopefully making this public will lead to kids stopping this behaviour and others will be charged too.

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  • And she should be charged! As should her parents. She is 13 years old. She shouldn’t even be on snapchat. At the very least they could benefit from a parenting course.

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  • We read too often about cyber bulling. It’s incredible that we have arrived to this point. :-(

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