Here are the latest tips from Steve Window, the Online Safety and Digital Wellbeing Advocate at Anglican Schools Commission:
SHARE IT AND SOAR WITH THE B.I.R.D.S! Can you remember what the letters mean? Let’s look at the S in BIRDS (Block, Ignore, Report, Don’t Feed the Trolls and Share it with a responsible adult): the aspect of sharing your concerns with people who can help. It is important you know there are people here to help you. Lots of times people can help you to keep safe and to keep things private:
If you have a concern about something that has happened online, you should share it with:
There are also qualified counsellors especially trained to help and talk to young people available through the Kids Helpline. You can talk to them either online at kids helpline or on the phone 1800 55 1800. Alternatively, you can go and talk to someone at eheadspace
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner also has a special kid section just for you located in the kid’s section.
The online world can be overwhelming and things that started as a joke may have unintended consequences. Sure, there may be some consequences, however, nothing is so bad that someone can’t help you. Really there is someone who can assist you and may even have been through something similar in the past.
There is always someone you can talk to:
If you can’t access those people or want to talk to someone else or need some further information, check out the information libraries available at eHeadspace or the Kids Helpline:
You can also call a qualified counsellor at:
You can tell them plainly what you need help with or what you are worried about.
There are great resources and tips on how to chill out:
The Kids Helpline outlines some things you can do when worry starts to feel overwhelming:
Our school’s online safety champion is part of an online safety network and can help. Everyone makes mistakes and can get themselves in over their head. Honestly, that’s actually pretty normal for all of us at some stage in our life. Whatever the situation, there are people who want to help.