Harmful digital communications

Cyberbullying and other modern forms of harassment and intimidation can have a devastating impact on people, especially children and teenagers.

Harmful digital communications can take a variety of forms. They include when someone uses the internet, email, apps, social media or mobile phones to:

  • send or publish threatening or offensive material and messages
  • spread damaging or degrading rumours about you
  • publish online invasive or distressing photographs or videos of you.

To address this problem, the Harmful Digital Communications Act includes a range of measures to prevent and reduce the impact of such actions.

The Act also contains a number of safeguards to balance reduction of harm with people’s rights to free speech.

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