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Cyberbullying is costing the country millions, potentially billions

Netsafe and Sense Partners’ research conservatively estimates that cyberbullying costs New Zealanders $444m a year. That figure includes the cost of interventions and loss of life, but does not include the effects of cyberbullying on long term health or productivity, so the actual figure is likely higher.

Research conducted in Australia found 39% of people have experienced one or more forms of online harassment, equivalent to 8.8 million Australians. Based on this research, the estimated total cost of cyber trolling to the national economy in terms of medical expenses and lost income sat at a staggering $3.7 billion.