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References for sex, social media, sexting and bullying

References for sex, social media, sexting and bullying.

Children's Court of Victoria—research materials

The Children's Court website has detailed information about the operation of the court and some pre-court procedures. Information includes the criminal and family divisions, custody and bail, investigation, intervention orders and child protection.

See Children's Court—Research materials(opens in a new window).

VLA Learning Hub

Social media—Who is using what and what for?

This session, presented by Brent Hedley, eSmart Schools program Co-ordinator, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation in July 2014, explains how the different social media platforms work, who is using them, and what for, and how the law might apply to their use.

See Social media—Who is using what and what for?(opens in a new window)

Access for Community legal centres

This lecture can be viewed online by Community Legal Centre staff and volunteers. To gain access staff will need to contact the Professional Legal Education team and ask for the link and password. Lecture materials can also be provided on request.

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Department of Education

The department site has reports and other resources that detail the prevalence, student response strategies and student perceptions about bullying behaviours in schools such as note passing and also cyberbullying, texting and emails.


  • 'Australian Covert Bullying Prevalence Study'
  • 'National Safe Schools Framework'

in Department of Education—Bullying research projects(opens in a new window).

See also Department of Education—Cyber safety in schools(opens in a new window).

Judicial College of Victoria

Children's Court Bench Book

The Children’s Court Bench Book is aimed at providing a quick reference tool for judicial officers in this jurisdiction, and for practitioners working in this area. It has been designed to supplement the research materials on the Children's Court website.

See Judicial College of Victoria—Children's Court Bench Book.

Victorian Parliament Law Reform Committee

This Victorian Parliamentary committee investigated issues about sexting by young people and the legal consequences. The report was published on 29 May 2013.

See Victorian Parliament Law Reform Committee—Inquiry into sexting(opens in a new window).