Offensive Facebook pages removed
DESCRIBED as the home of funny images of the town we love to hate, the Emerald Memes Facebook page, along with several other offensive pages targeting the Central Highlands, has become a new haven for cyber bullies.
Many towns in the Highlands have Facebook meme pages that display images with text targeting individuals, schools and businesses.
But the offensive meme pages are not the only form of cyber bullying making its way on Facebook.
Emerald Mystery Girls, which has been removed from Facebook, displayed photos of teenagers kissing at parties with question marks covering faces. And Emerald Gossip 2.0, also removed, was plastered with discriminating and unpleasant "gossip" about Emerald residents.
University of Queensland lecturer in Strategic Communication Dr Sean Rintel said it was difficult to stop offensive pages from runnning but he suggested moral education could be the solution to reducing pages that were linked to bullying.
"Bullying occurs in all situations and it becomes easier online," Dr Rintel said.
"Young people need to be educated that what they do offline is going to be seen online.
"We need to educate people on the golden rule - do unto others as you would have them do to you."