Police Youth Case Managers, Scott O’Riley and Lorraine Upward, know Cyberbullying is a growing problem in our community.
So they have organised a free information night on Tuesday, March 28, at the Singleton PCYC to start addressing it.
The presentation titled, ‘You think You Know’, will start at 6pm and is a must for all parents of children who use social media applications like snapchat, facebook and instagram, to share information.
Cyberbullying is defined as the use of technology to bully a person, or group, with the intent to hurt them socially, psychologically or even physically.
And, it can occur in many ways, including:
- abusive texts and emails;
- hurtful messages, images or videos;
- imitating others online;
- excluding others online;
- humiliating others online;
- and nasty online gossip and chat.
However, there won’t be information overload, says Senior Constable O’Riley.
“We want it to be concise, it should only go for an hour and people can ask questions at the end,” he says.
The YCM’s have invited Singleton High School’s head well-being teacher, Kathleen Ballard, to speak about the effects of Cyberbullying.
As well as current student, Hannah Bates, who will give her personal insight into the many applications young people are using today.
“She will talk about the actual applications, how kids are using them, the benefits, and negative effects,” Senior Constable, Upward, adds.
Parents with younger siblings are encouraged to bring them along as they can be supervised by PCYC staff.
PCYC manager, Dave Andrews, says they will have some games set up to keep younger kids entertained.