Back to School and Parents’ greatest fear is Cyber Bullying

In a recent article in the Brimbank Leader a survey revealed that, “up to 88 per cent of parents fear their children could be victims of cyberbullying.  Officeworks sampled more than 1000 Australian parents with children aged five to 14. The survey showed parents’ worries were almost 14 per cent higher than at the same time last year.”

The survey results follow the death of Taylors Lakes student, Sheniz Erkan, who committed suicide after online and schoolyard bullying in January this year.

While Ivanhoe’s CyberSafety Program is comprehensive and well positioned there is always something that can be learnt from such tragedy.  We are constantly updating our cyber education progams as new social media and mobile devices come on line.  As well, a range of speakers, presentations and programs are planned and as usual authoritative bodies such as ACMA have been invited in to speak to students.  ACMA has a highly effective no nonsense, focus on Digital Responsibilty and Citizenship approach which students respond well to.

You may also wish to revisit conversations had last year with your tweens and teens about appropriate behaviour online, internet usage and the critical role they can play by standing up to the perpetrators or alerting the right people, if as bystander, they find themselves witness to cyberbullying.

Stay tune also for news of Ivanhoe’s very own CyberAngels – a student group about to write their own Social Media Code of Ethics for students by students.

More help and information can be found on this very site.  Check out the drop down menus for help with monitoring internet usage and also see the Federal Government’s recently launched anti-bullying website.

For further details click on: www.dbcde.gov.au/easyguide

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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