Imagine a future free from cyber bullying. This is the theme for the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence and as a school we are trying to equip students with the tools to make this a reality.
On Thursday 15 March, Year 5 and Year 6 students joined a webinar with the Office of the E-Safety Commissioner. During the interactive webinar students heard about the story of two friends, Claire and Lou, and how unintentional actions online can lead to cyber bullying.
The students were stepped through the importance of reporting, and report buttons, on social media sites when people have posted inappropriate content. They were also made aware of contacting the Office of the E-Safety Commissioner for help taking down anything improper or reporting any online breaches.
Importantly, participants were also informed that there are steps to take if they cause harm online, intentionally or unintentionally. In this instance, the first step is to always take down any content that has hurt or offended. The next vital step is to apologise, sincerely, and make amends with that person or people.
As a school, we have a duty to report breaches to the Office of the E-Safety Commissioner and we are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate in this way with the Independent Schools Digital Collaboration Network (ISDCN).