Gossip website shocks Germany

We bring you these articles because we find that once a website becomes popular in Europe or America it is not long before we see evidence of it being used in Australia.

Our aim is to keep parents one step ahead of the cybersafety issues that could face their children.

This site is a German site and it enables teenagers to post rumours, insults and racist comments about their peers. The site, iShareGossip.com, has hit the headlines recently.  While the site is in German we are aware of copycat gossip sites being set up in Australia.

We urge you to use this article as a spring board to talk to your children about these insidious sites.  Warn them of the implications for their reputation of joining such a site, of the effect rumour and innuendo can have on the well being of their friends, and of the recent passing of legislation in Victoria making it a crime to cyberbully, with a jail term of up to 10 years.  The legislation can be applied to anyone over the age of 10.

The more we engage our children and teenagers in healthy discussions about their safety the more we open the lines of communication between us all.

Youth bully website shocks Germany | Herald Sun.

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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2 Responses to Gossip website shocks Germany

  1. whatsaysyou says:

    Excellent post and yes, I agree that we as adults can educate and discuss with kids about the dangers and consequences of cyber bullying especially in regards to the recent issue of what happened in Germany.

    • Renata Rowe says:

      Thanks for your comment. I have read your post on cyberbullying and the law. Watch out for the latest teen trend that involves setting up a Facebook site that encourages kids in a particular area/suburb/school to send in gossip and have it posted anonymously for all to see. Australia is beginning to develop laws and policies about cyberbullying but like most countries we are lagging behind the social media technology and how teens in particular are using it.

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