The short answer is, Yes. Whilst there are no specific laws criminalising cyberbullying, the existing legislation governing criminal behaviour in New South Wales including the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 (NSW), Commonwealth Criminal Code (1995) and the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) have all been amended to be able to criminalise and prosecute cyberbullying.
Acts of cyberbullying come in many different forms but may include sending violent or explicit photos or messages, persistent unwanted messages, and spreading false rumours or name calling. Cyberbullying is a serious crime and can have a significant impact on the mental health of people of all ages.
If you or someone you know feels you are the victim of cyberbullying you should report the behaviour to the police immediately.
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