EXPERTS on social media are addressing a crowd of people at the cyber-bullying in our Communities conference at Lismore's Southern Cross University today.

About 100 people are gathered in the universities Whitebrook Theatre to listen to legal, research, social media, psychology and community perspectives on what the issues are surrounding and what action can be taken.

Social media specialist Tricia Munn, who educates schools and businesses on social media, said the explosion in children using social media has contributed to the increase in cyber bullying.

"Bullying itself is not a new thing but certainly since the introduction of social media the number and the phonon omen of children being on social media is making cyber bullying a real problem."

"A small little comment that may have been taken as a joke previously, without the add on of a lol hahaha or a smiley face, children can often jump to conclusions or start getting upset."

To help protect against cyber bullying Ms Munn said parents should ensure their children stick to the rules of websites like Facebook which have a minimum user age of 13.

Another presenter was Susan McLean who educates schools throughout Australia and is a foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and online issues.

"A major concern is the mental health impact on victims, particularly vulnerable young people, but it is becoming a serious community health issue," Mrs McLean said.



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