Schools and their teaching staff have a duty to take reasonable care for the safety and wellbeing of students while students are at school or are involved in a school activity.
Satisfying this duty of care involves:
Meeting this duty of care is becoming more difficult with the rapid increase of digital technologies. If cyber bullying (taking place outside of school hours) impacts on a student's wellbeing, the school might be considered to have a duty of care extending beyond the child's time at school.
Schools might be liable for psychological injury resulting from cyber bullying and need to be clear about where their duty of care in this respect begins and ends. Schools need to adopt risk management approaches until this has greater clarity. To minimise risk, schools are advised to:
 Goff, W., Presentation delivered at Digital Diversity conference, Melbourne 2010
 Ford, D., Cyber bullying, June 2007
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