Police concerned about rise in cyber bullying

The rise in cyber bulling has seen the was police investigate incidents change.
The rise in cyber bulling has seen the was police investigate incidents change. Dave Noonan

A SENIOR Toowoomba police officer said cyber bullying via social media was one of the biggest issues facing modern society.

Toowoomba police district inspector Terry Kajewski said the explosion of online bullying over the past five years had police across the state extremely concerned.

"Anyone who is using any form of social media should think very carefully about what they are sending before they send it," Inspector Kajewski said.

"If the post or message has some heat in it, the best thing to do is to walk away before sending it.

"Once it is sent or posted, that is it," he said.

Inspector Kajewski said the number of cyber bullying incidents requiring police investigation had definitely risen.

"Unfortunately bullying has always been a part of society," he said.

"The difference these days is it is immediate and reaches a wider audience.

"From a police perspective there will be times where we are required to investigate."

Inspector Kajewski said any form of bullying could have lasting effects and could often end in tragedy.

"There is no doubt that police are investigating more and more incidents each day," he said.

"A recent incident in Toowoomba is certainly indicative of a tragic outcome where different parties appeared to have resorted to the use of social media.

"I also remember a boy many years ago who actually hung himself from the flagpole at his school due to persistent bullying.

"I will never forget that for as long as I live."

Inspector Kajewski said as a result of the explosion of cyber bullying policing methods had changed.

"Once upon a time we would never have considered conducting an investigation via social media," he said.

"Now we do. It can, and does, become evidence.

"Unfortunately as police officers we only get to see the bad cases."

Inspector Kajewski urged people to more mindful of what they posted online before it was too late.

"There is no easy fix to the problem," he said.

"People need to think very carefully about their online actions and the consequences that can arise from those actions."

Topics:  bullying online police toowoomba tragedy

Vines Motel aged and adorned to perfection

NEW DAY: Warren Trout and Roz Duncan are excited for their future in Warwick.

ONE of Warwick's most iconic hotels has received a facelift.

Teen molested in shower: police

"I said 'go away please, I don't want you here'.”

What about cashing in on Gold Coast Games

Clare McMeniman holds the trophy as the Australian Diamonds celebrate their series defeat of New Zealand in the Constellation Cup. Many of the same players will be hoping to be in the team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast get closer

Local Partners

Australia Day Award nominations now open

ALL those who know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the Warwick community is encouraged to nominate them for an Australia Day Award.

PICS: Campdraft action gets underway at rodeo

Some of the action from the campdraft first round at the Warwick Rodeo and Campdraft this morning.

Check out the pics galore from the morning's action at the campdraft

Community garden set for Palmwoods

Kay Nixon at the Palmwoods Community Gardens will be hosting a launch day and inviting the ecommunity to come along and sign up.

Parcel of land to supply sustainable gardening for community

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Priscilla concerned people will forget about Elvis

Priscilla Presley source Bang

She says she feels responsible to keep his legacy going

Taylor Swift files lawsuit over alleged groping

Taylor Swift source Bang

Swift has commenced legal action against a DJ over the incident

Kanye West threatens to boycott Grammys

West says he won't go to the Grammys if Frank Ocean's not nominated

Why this actress wasn't embarrassed by nude photo leak

Leslie Jones source Bang

'If you wanna see Leslie Jones naked, just ask,' she said

Dad's Army comic genius Jim Perry dies

Jimmy Perry, the creator of Dad's Army.

Dad's Army series captured all that British people savour

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

How Government will fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fonzie flats and smaller block sizes part of long-term plan.

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.