Cyber bullying to be outed
CYBER bullying is an issue gaining more and more prominence in our community and now one local school is taking a stand.
Coffs Harbour High School is intent on making the horror of cyber bullying and its effects known to the wider community with a special information forum next week.
Teacher Brad Smith is urging all current and future parents, students, teachers and members of the community to attend the session.
“It is hoped we can develop common approach and dialogue where parents and teachers can send consistent messages about cyber-safety and bullying,” Mr Smith said. “As a parent, you can play an important role in helping your children have safe and positive experiences online.
“By becoming aware of how children and young people use the internet, what they use it for, the risks in being online and some of the strategies to manage these risks, you can help guide them in the online world.”
At the meeting there will be a talk by Dr James Donnelly from Southern Cross University and Coffs Harbour Police, the showing of a powerful YouTube video and helpful literature from the Australian Communication and Media Authority.
There will also be a very brief outline of the training that every student at the school receives as part of the ‘Bullying Sux’ program.
The meeting will begin with a sausage sizzle at the school hall in Harbour Drive on Wednesday, May 5, from 6.30pm.