‘The Brocial Network’ A Teachable Moment!

This is a worrying turn of events. A new Facebook group was brought to our attention yesterday which encourages its members to hunt through their friends photos and copy revealing pictures of their female friends without their knowledge to be posted on this new group. In particular it asks its male clientele to send photos of their female friends “that reveal a little too much”.

Our stance has been that teen Facebook users should set their profiles to the highest levels of privacy and select only friends who they know and trust. We also strongly counsel all students but girls in particular to ensure that they do not post photos of themselves that are suggestive in any way. As parents and teachers we must focus on instilling in our teens the importance of digitial reputation and digitial responsibilty. Please speak to your children about this. Boys need to hear that it is their digitial responsibility to refuse to be a part of these groups and girls need to know that if they post photos of themselves these photos can be copied and sent on.

The new group is governed by a set of rules, called a “Brocial Code”, which requires members to post at least one picture within a week of being added. According to Fairfax, at least four AFL players from Melbourne-based clubs are part of the group. 

Read the full article below:

‘Brocial Network’ shares photos of women – Yahoo!7.

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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