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From Jeff Thompson's Enjoy Mediation Blog
New Cyberbullying law in Victoria, Australia aims to increase mediation
More than 600 people have this year sought orders at the Children's Court against children including cyber bullies, stalkers and school-yard thugs.
Almost 300 orders were granted in the first 10 months of this financial year, already more than for the previous financial year.
The Victorian Government has moved to introduce new anti-bullying laws to Parliament this week after the huge growth.
The laws will try to provide a greater focus on mediation to cut the number of intervention orders.
...A leading cyber-bullying expert has warned the Government's new laws must be backed up with proper cyber-bullying training for mediators.
Jeff Thompson is a certified international mediator. He is also a law enforcement detective in New York. His law enforcement role include a being a communication and conflict specialist, interfaith dialogue, developing and implementing community engagement programs, and designing training workshops.
Jeff is currently a PhD candidate researching nonverbal communication and mediation at Griffith University Law School. He also received his MS in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution from the Creighton University School of Law. Jeff has presented and trained on the topic of conflict, mediation, communication and nonverbal communication internationally and has been published and featured with numerous international media organizations. He currently writes also at PsychologyToday.com.
(All posts by Jeff Thompson represent his personal reflections and opinions as a mediator and not that of any organization.)
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