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– Be Connected. –

Online Safety And Digital Wellbeing

Here are the latest tips from Steve Window, the Online Safety and Digital Wellbeing Advocate at Anglican Schools Commission:

PRIMARY BYTE

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:

  • Parents or carers;
  • A trusted adult;
  • A school counsellor;
  • Your teacher; or
  • Your school online safety champion.

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.

SECONDARY BYTE

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:

  • Parents or carers;
  • A trusted adult;
  • A school counsellor or student protection officer - yep they are amazing and can help you;
  • Your teacher - especially if it relates to a concern with another student at school;
  • Your school online safety champion – do you know who your champion is? They can help you navigate issues in the online world.

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:

  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
  • Life line 13 11 14

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:

  1. Talk to someone you can trust
  2. Do something you enjoy to refocus
  3. Take a bath
  4. Listen to music, watch a movie and a read book
  5. Distract yourself with chores, exercise or play a game
  6. Spend time with a pet or a loved one
  7. Don’t make important decisions until you feel better
  1. Bookmark right now the Safety Commissioner’s amazing wellbeing directory and then check out their information on online safety. Check these out before doing anything else! 
  1. See point 1: Share it with a responsible and trusted adult. Talk to your teacher, counsellor or student protection officer especially if there is a concern online with someone at your school. 

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.