STUDENTS at Dunsborough Primary have been leaning about cyber safety and how to deal with cyber bullying.
Teacher Stewart King held sessions with the Year 5-7 students pointing out a number of sites that are danger points and introducing the students to the government cyber smart website.
The sessions covered how to stay legal online, netiquette (social media etiquette) and what to do if you are being bullied.
Although many of the students are engaged in online conversations already, they didn’t realise how easy it is to offend someone when you cannot rely on body language and tone of voice to understand meaning
There are a few things you can do if you have encountered cyber bullying.
Ignore it: Don’t respond to the bully. If they don’t get a response they might go away.
Block the person: This will stop you seeing messages or texts from a particular person.
Tell someone: Tell your mum or dad, or another adult you trust. Or you can call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, visit their website or contact the online Cybersmart Helpline service at cybersmart.gov.au
Keep the evidence: This can be useful in tracking the bully down. Save texts, emails, online conversations or voicemails as proof.