Education on Cybersafety | Hastings Secondary College

14 May 2018
Police Youth Liaison Officer Steven Jeffery visited Hastings Secondary College Westport Campus in an education program targetted at Years 7 - 10. 
These workshops are part of a broader education program at both campuses which empower and educate young people to take control of their online experiences. 
Students engaged in many interactive seminars providing an understanding of the law and order issues around social networking, police roles and their responsibility in the community.
Senior Constable Jeffery said " Sadly some of the images that young people put out on social media, return to haunt them months and sometimes many years later. Once out there these images cannot be controlled, and there is a permanent digital footprint that can impact on students future employment and opportunities.
The workshop covers; young people and the law, cybercrime, drugs and alcohol, healthy relationships, being cyber smart, cyber-bullying, violence including assault and one punch legislation, the inappropriate use of electronic sources of communications such as mobile phones and computers and what constitutes an offense, added Constable Jeffery.
Resources exist to assist parents in having these conversations with their children and how to report issues relating to cyberbullying.
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can involve sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.
The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:
•    Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter
•    SMS (Short Message Service) also known as Text Message sent through devices
•    Instant Message (via devices, email provider services, apps, and social media messaging features)
•    Email

Tips for Teens

  • Think before you post.
  • Make sure you don't put any key personal information on your profile. This includes phone numbers, personal email address, home address.
  • Use privacy settings and learn how to make your profile private, so only people you accept as friends can see what you are posting.
  • It's still public. Even if your profile is private you can't control what your friends do with the information you post. It's important to guard your privacy - don't post information or photos that you wouldn't want anyone else to see.
  • Remember not everyone is who they claim to be. 
  • Keep your online friends online. If someone wants to meet someone that you haven't met so far in person, seek advise from a parent or another trusted adult.
  • Say no! Free offers are usually too good to be true and can end up costing a great deal.
  • Be considerate. Only post comments you would be happy to receive yourself.
  • Don't respond if someone sends you unkind or bullying messages or asks you to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable. Instead, tell your parents or another adult you can trust.
  • Stand up and speak out. If you see or know about cyberbullying happening to a friend, it's important to support them and report the bullying.

Think U Know - The program is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank, and is delivered with the New South Wales Police Force. 

Office of eSafety Commissioner - The Office is committed to helping all Australians have a safe, positive experience online. Parent Resources

School A to Z (NSW Education and Community site with practical help for parents
Lifeline (Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention)
Bullying. No way! (A useful anti-bullying website for parents and students)
Bully Stoppers (Anti-bullying website for parents, students and teachers)
Headspace (National Youth Mental Health Foundation)
Facts about Grief and Suicide (Fact sheets from Headspace)
Kids Help Line (Help line set up for children and teens to seek assistance) 
Reach Out! (Online mental health service) 
Raising Children Network (Australian Parenting Website)
Youth Beyond Blue (Youth Anxiety and Depression Help)
Wellbeing Australia (Health and Wellbeing Organisation, specialising in education)