Bankstown Sports has hosted a special Cyber Education course for a group of year 7 students from Bankstown Girls High School, involving NSW Police, Headspace, and the club’s own Security and Operations Department.
The initiative is the brainchild of several Bankstown Sports employees who identified the need for more awareness on this issue, within the local community.
NSW Police presented to the girls first, covering topics such as cyber bullying, self-harm minimisation and the legalities around online activities, pointing out that cyber bullying is in fact a police matter and a criminal offence, and those who partake are actually breaking the law.
Students were warned that making threats or posting pictures online without someone’s permission are both cause for arrest, while harassment is also grounds for police action, whether it be over a matter of days, weeks, months or years. Even something as simple as ‘requesting photos’ can result in up to 10 years jail.
The girls were also shown a short video which assessed the impact of social media – with more devices in the world than toothbrushes. And to think, 93% of bullying is social media related!
Attendees were encouraged to learn from their potential mistakes online and do all they can to maintain integrity and ethics, as social media content can last a lifetime. Users need to be conscious about their ‘digital shadow’ and how they are seen by people online.
Tom Traae from Headspace spoke to the girls about the ongoing effects digital activities can uphold and encouraged them to think about the concept of ‘googling yourself’. What would you find?
If you or someone you know is experiencing the effects of cyber bullying, please do not hesitate to make contact with local departments that can assist you.
Headspace Bankstown - 9393 9669 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bankstown Police Area Command - 9783 2199
If you would like to run a cyber education course for your school, please contact Bankstown Sports Operations Manager on 9772 9888.