Facebook and other social media are a modern development that significantly enhance communication yet provides some challenges. Unfortunately, not all users behave reasonably & responsibly or with appropriate awareness of cyber dangers. At Gleneagles, we run regularly seminars for students, staff and parents on cyber safety and cyber bullying.
If any student or parent feels uncomfortable with an incident online they can contact the school or call the ACMA Cybersafety Contact Centre on 1800 880 176. For more information see cybersmart.gov.au
Using Facebook or other social media sites to make a member of the Gleneagles school community feel harassed or bullied is against the Acceptable Use Agreement that all students sign at the start of the year. Our acceptance use agreement is available from our 1:1 program information page : click here
Section 474.17 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 also makes it an offence to use telecommunication services to menace, harass or cause offence (punishable by 3 years). It does not matter whether the menace or threat is caused by the type of use (such as multiple postings on a website) or by the content of the communication or both, provided reasonable persons would regard the use as being menacing, harassing or offensive in all the circumstances.
Such unwelcome behaviour may also fall under the Stalking and Harassment laws if they continually pinpoint certain students. It may also be seen as Criminal Defamation or even Intentional Infliction of Mental Harm. Even if students “friend” or “like” these accounts, this alone could be enough to be seen as being complicit in the harassment of other students.
If any students come across offensive material on Facebook, here’s what they should do:
1. Make a record of the account by taking a screenshot. This can be done by pressing the Printscreen button on a PC, or command-shift-3 on a Mac.
2. Report the account to Facebook. This type of posting is against the Facebook terms of service and when reported will be taken down quickly. To report, click the block / report link on the bottom left hand side of the account page.
3. Report the site to the school. Bring your evidence to a team leader or an Assistant Principal
I have been taking Home Economics classes at Gleneagles for the last three years and absolutely love it. I was lucky enough to participate in the ‘Masterchef Challenege’ earlier this year and learned how to create some beautiful dishes. It was so much fun and we even had Ms Duffy, one of the Assistant Principals, act as our guest judge. This subject was important for me to be involved in as I have learned many valuable skills to use throughout my life. Participating in Home Economics has enabled me to create complex dishes such as chocolate soufflés and melting chocolate fondant puddings. Learning to cook at school has been so much fun and I am proud of what I have accomplished.