Cyberbullying: The Choice Theory And The Social Learnin

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In contemporary society technological advances occur frequently, consequently facilitating numerous new facets of deviant behaviour, such as cyber bullying, to occur. The personally observed behaviour of cyberbullying can be defined as the act of using technology to bully an individual, stereotypically sending messages to intimidate, upset or threaten the victim (Barkoukis, 2007). In 2013 alone 72% of Australian schools admitted that at least one case of cyberbullying was reported within their school and estimate that one in ten individuals will full victim of the act (Jaishanker, 2011). Therefore, the following analytical report with critically evaluate the definition and management of the deviant behaviour and will apply competing theories, the Choice Theory and the Social …show more content…
Legal Definition
Under National law, cyberbullying can be characterised as:

-The use of electronics or the Internet in a harassing, threatening or offensive fashion.
-Threats or intimidation through the use of any cellular mobile device, email or online media.
-Cyber stalking, is considered bullying when the perpetrator constantly contacts the victim with the intention to intimidate or upset them.
-The act of defamation.
-Cyber bullying with an intent to instigate self-harm or suicide (Sander Veenstra, 2009).

It is also imperative to note that, as no specific cyberbullying legislation is currently enacted, victims are presently protected by varies pieces of criminal legislation. Although, due to this, an offender under the age of ten years old will not be held accountable and a deviant between the ages of ten and fourteen will only be held answerable if it is proven beyond reasonable doubt that they could comprehend their actions (Tanrikulu,

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