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Schools are being urged to take a lead in tackling the trend in
bullying videos being shared online.
In the past week there have been two high profile cases of
fighting at schools, captured on mobile phone cameras and published
on the internet.
Australian schoolboy Casey Heynes became an international hero
for standing up to a bully, while in New Zealand an attack in
Wanganui, captured on video, left a schoolgirl unconscious and
bleeding from the head.
Lee Chisholm, from internet safety group,
Netsafe , said it is a
“Children use those interactive technologies for self
publicity… they want to stand out, they want to make an impact,”
she told TV ONE’s Breakfast.
“The links and pathways that enable us to make long term
decisions are still developing in adolescents – they’re very much
living in the moment.”
She said many schools already have policies in place to tackle
bullying, and video-sharing websites have made it simple for
schools to request for clips to be taken down.
But that’s often after the event, when the videos have been
She would like to see schools be pro-active in their approach to
misuse of new technologies.
“It’s up to the school community to think about what’s happening
in their school and question it,” she said.
“It’s up to the board of trustees and school management to think
about it too. Schools have a lot on their plate but certainly
online education is something they need to tackle.”
She said students also have a role to play.
“The biggest thing that actually stops bullying, in recent
Australian research, is peer and bystander intervention.
“Those people who see what’s happening and don’t take part and
stand up for those who are being targeted.”
Chisholm said video-sharing sites, like YouTube, do have certain
terms and conditions and are responsible about taking clips down
that breach the code.
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