I regularly hear from parents and teachers about cyber-bullying and their concerns about online safety.
According to research by the University of NSW Social Policy Research Centre, cyberbullying is estimated to effect 20 percent of Australians aged 8-17.
In 2013, 72 per cent of schools reported at least one incident of cyberbullying.
As you would know, the consequences of cyberbullying can be more far reaching and have more serious effects than bullying in the schoolyard, because it is conducted before an audience online and is longer lasting.
Earlier this year, the Federal Coalition Government established the office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner and passed legislation which assists in removing harmful online material.
Knowing that online safety is such a big issue for our community, I am hosting a forum with the new e-Safety Commissioner Mr Alastair MacGibbon who will provide a presentation with actionable strategies to help keep safe online.
Date: 18 November 2015
Venue: Life Ministry Auditorium at Oxley College
Address: 15-49 Old Melbourne Rd, Chirnside Park VIC 3116
I hope you will consider participating in this event.
Please also forward this to local friends and family who may be interested. The presentation and Q&A session from the e-Safety Commissioner will be relevant to parents, teachers and school–aged children.