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Gone are the days when a note passed between classmates was a serious form of bullying.
 
Now, the internet and mobile phones are being used frequently to bully teenagers.
 
"Teenagers are now being more heavily bulled in their bedrooms than they are at school and I think because of that, this is why we call it covert bullying because it's under the radar," 'Best Enemies' Director Ross Bark said.
 
"I myself was bullied when I was at school, on-line and face to face. I have to say, lets be honest, I guess I sent a horrible sms or two myself. It's really easy for it to happen," actor Lee-Ann Simon said.
 
'Best Enemies' - a twelve minute film about the breakdown of a friendship between two girls - has screened to local students in Griffith this week.
 
The film was inspired by a true story about a parent whose daughter had experienced extreme cyber bullying.
 
"It really shows how best friend relationships, especially girls, can be mean to each other and how the use of sending text messages and bullying," Mr Bark said.
 
But it's hoped that after seeing this film, teenagers and the wider community will have a better idea of the impact cyber bullying has on young people, and how to report such incidents.
 
It was followed by a question and answer sessions where young people could find out more.
 
"If someone sends you a text message, someone posts something that is threatening, harassing or offensive to you, and you feel intimidated by that, that is an offence."
 
The director of the film believes a national policy on the issue is the best way to move forward.
 
"I think we've got to in some way try and get the network or community that young people are using, to be able to participate in some safety which relates to cyber safety," Mr Bark said.
 
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