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
As a Year 11 student, I have studied Media since Year 9 and plan to continue in Year 12. I was part of a student team that produced ‘Bollywood Zombies,’ our major film production in 2010. I learned about the full process of creating a film, from pre-production to post-production. During the year, we produce short films for competitions such as the ACMI annual ‘Screen It!’ film contest. I have begun planning for my major short film project I will be entering in next year’s ACMI ‘VCE Season of Excellence Top Screen’ contest. I have used industry-standard equipment to produce high-quality photographs, films and podcasts – just like the professionals! I have a passion for the media industry and hope to get a career in film, television and/or radio.