Posted 27 September 2011
Tagged, a film about cyberbullying, commissioned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), was launched on Friday 23 September at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI ) by the Federal Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy. The film tells the story of four teenagers and how posting a rumour online about a classmate sparks a chain reaction of risky online behaviour which ultimately has damaging consequences.
ACMA has identified cybersafety as an area of major concern and is developing a number of resources, including the Cybersafety Help Button (installed on all Wesley student notebook computers) to give students easy online access to counselling, reporting and information to assist in dealing with cybersafety issues.
After the screening of Tagged, media identity and MC, Dylan Lewis (pictured above with Wesley students), interviewed a panel which included two Wesley students Maddy, where they had the opportunity to voice their thoughts on the film and the issues raised within it.
The film is based on feedback from teenagers at many schools Australia-wide, including Wesley students who are also Youth Advisory Group (YAG) representatives. The YAG provides advice to government on cybersafety issues, including law enforcement, filtering, education and research initiatives, from a young person’s perspective. The YAG representatives also provided nine pieces of formal advice on topics including cyberbullying, mobile phone safety, privacy, social networking sites and online computer games.
Wesley College is strongly committed to supporting and educating students about appropriate online behaviours when using digital technologies, both at school and home.
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