Years 7, 8 & 9 Cyber Safety Talk

At Bethany College we understand that students achieve their best at school in safe and supportive environments, where they are free from bullying and disruptive behaviour. A  large emphasis is put on making sure we provide an environment for our students, that is free from bullying.

Bullying is a serious issue for all. We know that it can happen anywhere, anytime, and can have devastating consequences. We also know that with the rise of social media, cyber abuse and cyberbullying is an increasingly important issue. Where bullying was once confined to the playground, it can now occur online at any time of the day or night. Cyberbullying is just as harmful as face-to-face bullying, and online actions can have real life consequences.

The best way to tackle bullying and cyberbullying is for schools, students and parents to work together.

As a response to the 2018 bullying survey data which saw a rise in cyber abuse and cyberbullying the College Year 7, 8 and 9 Coordinators arranged for Senior Constable Kelly Stewart the St George LAC School Liaison Officer to speak with the cohorts during assembly time this past Thursday, 16 August. Constable Stewart’s talk outlined how the law applies to adolescents on social media and the responses of adults and teachers who have a duty of care as mandatory reporters. Mrs Tess Chisari, Assistant Year 8 Coordinator outlined the Sydney Catholic School policies within and outside the classroom for the students.

The students were encouraged to go home and explain what they had learnt from Constable Stewart and begin to share the commitment to stop bullying and cyberbullying in our school and local community.