The Macquarie Dictionary (Sixth Edition, 2013) defines a cyberbully as: 

noun (plural cyberbullies)
1.  a person who bullies another using email, chat rooms, social network sites, etc.

verb (t) (cyberbullied, cyberbullying)
2.  to bully (another) in this way.

Often, cyberbullying is discussed as a particular problem for children, specially teenagers. However, OHPI believes that anyone can be cyberbullied, regardless of their age.

Campaign (December 2020) – Combating Online Cyber Bullying

During the month of December we will be running a special campaign to combat online Cyber Bullying.  The campaign aims to increase the focus on preventing this particular area of online hate. Special donations can be made to support this specific campaign and are welcome at any time.

The form is not published.

Below is a list of our publications documenting, reporting and highlighting instances of cyberbullying. 


OHPI also produces submissions for governments and white papers for the industry.

March 10, 2014: OHPI’s Submission to the Australian government on Online Safety


OHPI briefings tackle specific instances of online hate and are produced rapidly to respond to emerging problems.

August 31, 2021: Mayor Jack Dempsey on online hate

September 1, 2020: Trolling: the Modern-Day Coliseum

August 25, 2020:  Books That Inspire Us to Stand Up Against Online Misogyny

August 19, 2020: Political Trolling and Suicide Incitement on Twitter

August 2, 2020:  Unmasking Serious Trolling on Twitter

June 11, 2020: Using Memes to Spread Hate Towards Dwarfism

May 27, 2020:  Treading Water in an Ocean of Hate

March 21, 2019:  Face-to-face with “predator trolls” who “weren’t born that way” – with cyberhate expert and author Ginger Gorman

April 18, 2017:  Nathan Sykes an Australian Troll

May 4, 2016:  The Facebook bullying of a child

April 17, 2016:  Revenge Pornography Study

January 21, 2016:  Revenge Porn: What the law must do

January 20, 2016: Children’s e-Safety Commissioner launches a six-month report

January 5, 2016: WIN: misogynistic bullying account terminated

January 3, 2016: Social Media Violence Against Women: Carla’s tale of a misogynistic bully

November 25, 2015: When does disagreement become hate?

September 16, 2015: Facebook to add a new “dislike” button

September 3, 2015: Where do trolls come from and how to we stop their cyberbullying?

August 26, 2015: Cyberbullying: Not just a teen phenomenon

August 23, 2015: Bigots target OHPI

August 21, 2015: Online Vigilantism and its perils

August 18, 2015: Cyberbullying: Tips and tools to tackle it

August 13, 2015: External Resources on Cyberbullying

June 7, 2015: New Zealand criminalises cyberbullying

June 5, 2015: Restore Australia’s cyberbullying of Mariam Veiszadeh

June 5, 2015: Online Rants and Free Speech

May 8, 2015: Steps taken by Twitter to combat abuse

March 8, 2015: An experience of online violence against women (Australian feminist Caitlin Roper shares her experience of misogynistic cyberbullying)

February 24, 2015: Parents’ Congress to tackle the issue of cyberbullying

January 2, 2013: Bike rage and the aggressive cyclist lobby

October 26, 2013: Digital Self Harm

October 5, 2013: The problem of cyberbullying trolls


August 28, 2019: ‘New ‘Anti-trolling’ laws to stop online abuse and harassment’, 10 Daily

April 17, 2019: ‘Trolls target the woman behind the groundbreaking black hole image’, Ten Daily

September 3, 2015: Radio interview about OHPI’s work combating online hate (K-Rock FM)

September 1, 2015: Calls for online trolls to face harsher legal consequences (3AW)

June 30, 2015: OHPI interviewed on Joy 94.9

June 22, 2015: OHPI quoted in a UNESCO report on online hate

June 20, 2015: Facebook Fails to Protect Free Speech Against Hate

June 4, 2015: Who’s Ben Garrison

June 4, 2015: Article on OHPI’s assistance to Ben Garrison

April 7, 2015: Hackers target Jews online

March 7, 2015: Australian feminist shares her experience of online misogyny (Press release)

March 5, 2015: OHPI welcomes new laws (Press release)

December 15, 2014: New tool in fighting online hate (Australian Jewish News)

December 11, 2014: OHPI: Tracking down the data to combat online hate (The Big Smoke)

December 10, 2014: Hitting Back Against Hate (MX)

December 9, 2014: Fight Against Hate Launched (OHPI Press Release)

October  27, 2014: Facebook: Increased reporting is not the answer to cyberbullying