The College encourages both staff and students to immediately report incidences of bullying and harrassment that they witness or personnally experience. Action will be taken swiftly to resolve the situation and to ensure that it does not happen again. Counselling may be offered to all persons involved in the incident. Parents may be notified and the College would expect parental support in dealing with the matter. There may also be need for mediation and restorative justice processes to be put in place. Any continuation of bullying or harrassment by a student will be deemed to be a very serious matter and will be addressed by the Principal, Deputy Principal , Welfare Officer or Year Level Coordinator in line with College disciplinary procedures.
Bullying and harrassment may be reported to the police.
Cyber bullying has become a very real risk for our community. The College recommends that parents educate themselves regarding cyber bullying issues and talk to their children about the risks and ways to handle online bullying if they experience it or observe it occuring to others.
Parents should discuss sensible use of the internet, in particular social sites such as Face Book. It is recommended that computers and phones should not be used in bedrooms without others present. Make a habit of checking out your child's website - by asking them to show it to you. Keep it as a topic of conversation, rather than an area of secrecy. Make it a habit that electronic devices are switched off at a certain time and placed in a central area of the house until the morning.
Parents, guardians and students are encouraged to talk to the College's Welfare Officer or the student's Learning Advisor or any other trusted member of staff. College staff will then take steps to support the student(s) in dealing with the bullying behaviour in accordance with the College's policy and procedures on bullying and harrassment.
We encourage you to provide as much information as possible regarding the person carrying out the bullying, times and dates, platform it is occuring on, take screen shots whereever possible and retain any other information you believe may be useful.
Helpful websites include:
Sexting and the law
'Sexting' or sending 'sext messages' is where nude and/or sexual images are taken on a mobile phone, often by young people and their friends.
This is a crime if the photo includes a person under 18 years of age. Sexting is already leading to young people being charged by police with child pornography offences.
Young people need to think very carefully about the consequences of taking or sending pictures of friends on mobile phones, especially if they are not fully dressed and even if they agree. If could damage future career prospects or relationships.
Sexting offenders could also be charged with possessing child pornography, and/or publishing or transmitting child pornography if:
- downloading pornography showing people under 18
- putting a pornographic photo or video on the internet, or phone,
- printing a photo, or emailing or texting it to a friend.
Further information can be obtained from www.legalaid.vic.gov.au in the booklet Am I Old Enough