From the Leader of Wellbeing
What is Cyberbullying?
The statistic here indicates that cyberbullying occurs a lot in Australia. eSaftey Commissioner, Julie Inman, leads the world’s first government regulatory agency committed to keeping its citizens safer online. In this brief linked clip, she provides information and guidance for parents in relation to Cyberbullying and online drama. You can locate an information sheet here: eSafety’s parent guide to cyberbullying and online drama.
With the advent of the internet, smartphones and tablets, there is now a whole new digital dimension added to traditional schoolyard bullying. There was once a time when bullying victims were given some respite outside of school hours, but sadly these days, online bullying can occur 24/7. In today’s world, teaching your child about online and cyber safety is as important as learning to swim or cross the road!
Cyberbullying can be identified as being repeated behaviour by an aggressor with the intent to harm or embarrass. Technology enables these aggressors to share information widely and quickly, making this form of bullying extremely dangerous and harmful. However, the answer is not to shun the internet or social media. Instead, parents are encouraged to embrace it and create a family internet policy to protect their children without limiting the freedom to learn, explore and communicate online.
In this edition of SchoolTV, parents are provided with useful guidelines and advice on how to minimise the risks. Children have the right to feel safe, regardless of whether it is in the schoolyard or online.
We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this edition of SchoolTV and we always welcome your feedback. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the College Counsellor for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Here is the link to the Cyberbullying edition of SchoolTV: LINK
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