Resources

Links to online resources:

Cybersmart
Australian Communication and Media Authority

Protect Yourself Online
Victorian Government Department of Justice

Sexting
South Eastern CASA

Student Helplink

Students are encouraged to use the Rosehill Student Helplink to report Cyber Bullying and any other Cyber Safety issues they would like the Student Welfare Team to follow-up and deal with.

Rosehill Student Helplink

Cyber Bullying Policy

What is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber Bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm others either mentally or physically.

Cyber Bullying can be committed using the internet, digital, gaming and/or mobile technologies.

Activities can include:

  • Posting insulting, untrue or malicious messages on social networking sites
  • Spreading rumours on-line
  • Making threats using digital technology
  • Excluding a young person from an on-line group
  • Sending unwanted messages  by text, instant messaging or email
  • Distributing  to others naked or semi naked photographs or images of a sexually explicit or otherwise inappropriate nature.

As soon as a person has been found to engage in any of the above behaviours on two or more occasions, they meet the definition of a ‘Cyber Bully’.

Consequences
Cyber Bullying frequently occurs out of school. However, where students involved in Cyber Bullying are clearly identifiable by the message or image as belonging to this school (e.g. if they are photographed in school uniform) the school has a clear legal right to become involved.

School Penalties
School penalties will vary according to the severity and  frequency  of Cyber Bullying behaviour. They may include:

  • Informing  parents
  • Detention
  • Counselling
  • Being banned from using school digital technologies
  • Suspension or expulsion
  • Being reported to the Federal Police

Loss of positions of responsibility at school – e.g  house, sports captain, removal from Leadership Group etc.

Criminal Penalties

Students who use technology in an inappropriate fashion could be committing a crime.
It is a criminal offence to:

  • Use a phone or Internet to menace, harass or cause offence
  • Use a phone or the Internet to make a threat
  • Take, receive or distribute sexual images of a minor (someone under 18).  You can be charged even if it is a photo of yourself and you agree to it being sent
  • Using another’s digital technology for any form of Cyber Bullying can result in a charge of identity theft.

Committing any of the offences listed above can result in a three year gaol sentence.

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