National has passed legislation to help prevent and reduce the potentially devastating harm caused by cyberbullying.
One-in-five New Zealanders aged 13-30 years have experienced harmful communications on the internet.
This bill will help stop cyberbullies and reduce the devastating impact their actions can have by simplifying the process for getting abusive material off the internet in a quick and proportionate way. An Approved Agency will be established to resolve complaints, and District Courts will be given the power to issue take-down notices and impose penalties.
For the very worst cases, we’ve made it an offence to send messages and post material online that deliberately seeks to, and does, cause serious harm. It’s also now an offence to incite someone to commit suicide.
National’s changes are tackling cyberbullying head on.