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.
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