This fortnight I wanted to start the conversation around cyber behaviours and in particularly cyber bullying and social media safety. We have tied cyber bullying into our preventing bullying policies and next newsletter I will share some great tips on how we as a whole school community can deal with bullying to make children resilient, capable and confident adults.
I would say that nearly all of our tough conversations with students at school this year around bullying and harassment have started online on either messenger, Instagram or snapchat. Snapchat in particular seems to be the dominant social media platform because conversation threads or photos disappear after 6 to 10 seconds. (Although content is available to Police from Snapchat servers even if it is not on a phone).
They start here at any time of the day or night and then come into school when students see each other face to face. In some cases they have involved parents, people from the other end of the state and even some issues that have involved people from overseas.
It is this type of cyber bullying that drove the Tasmanian government to ban phones in all Tasmanian schools. For that to actually work it requires help from home from families to actually check their child’s phone their social media accounts and actually take a look to see what is happening in their online world.
Whilst as a school we are there to educate, to help, to guide and to support we don’t actually buy our students their phones and we don’t provide them with unlimited access to the online world. It is absolutely a parent/carers responsibility to control and monitor their child’s access to the online environment.
CYBER BULLYING – ARE YOU READY FOR 21ST CENTURY?
Being a parent is hard enough, but when our fast spreading digital world interferes in your everyday struggles to survive, the start of kids teenage years – that’s when it gets really messy.
The main problem with the digital era is that it’s hard to keep up with the constant improvements of media and its emergence into our lives. Growing up within virtual society in which social norms are yet to be agreed upon, definitely hinders attempts to provide a safe space and necessary prevention for our youngsters.
This is why cyber bulling has come up increasingly on our radar as in Australia 60% of bullying now happens online.
Cyber bullying is performed by using digital communications in order to harm another person. There’s a whole array of emotions that are targeted with such behaviour – anger, sadness, self-image, fear, insecurity, etc. It is a significant and growing problem, with reports indicating that up to 50 percent of school-aged children experience bullying via technology (Mishna, Cook, Gadall, Daciuk, & Solomon, 2010).
HOW CAN I RECOGNIZE CYBER BULLYING?
It’s important to understand that cyber bullying often stays off the radar – our easy access to this media of communication that makes us available 24/7 and the fast exchange of information leaves a lot of space for forgetting and ‘’letting go’’ of what happened. Also, due to overall changes in understanding of privacy and socially acceptable manners of interaction, it’s extremely hard to tell ‘’right’’ from ‘’wrong’’. Believing that this sort of undesirable behaviour is a normal way of communication, children and adolescences tend to ignore or minimize these problems.
OKAY, BUT IS CYBER BULLYING REAL?
Unfortunately, many people share the opinion this aggravating behaviour is just part of growing up and another way of teasing among children. The truth is that by accepting this attitude, we discount the seriousness of possible outcomes of this problem.
Bearing in mind that this type of harassment has the same consequences (insomnia, depression, anxiety, poor school performance, isolation etc.), as other forms of bullying, which is why we are strongly advising parents to raise awareness amongst their children about this harmful phenomena.
The other important reason for taking this into serious account is that whatever happens online, stays online. This means that in cyber reality, which doesn’t have space boundaries – our children can be constantly exposed to these pressures without us knowing. This can lead to instant manner of interacting that can insidiously and slowly affect person’s self-image and complicate forming bonds with peers and friends. Cyber bullies don’t have to look their victims in the eyes or to articulate offends and comments, which allows them to be creative, omnipresent and with no insight of how their behaviour affects the person on the other side of the screen.
Due to above mentioned obstacles in following of the vast spreading of this new age phenomena, parents and teacher should encourage their kids to share their experiences, recognize the problem, and understand when to draw a line and say that’s enough. Bearing in mind that this form of bullying is nowadays considered to be socially accepted, providing a secure base and understanding your kids feelings, that are usually being mocked or ridiculed, is a first step to prevention of digital violence.
Our work is being guided by the Jonny Shannon foundation who have some great resources to support schools and families. The safe book, social media safety diagram below is an excellent conversation starter for you to have with your children if they are online. Remember this doesn’t just include social media through their phones but increasingly at the moment in the online gaming world on games like “Fortnite” whereby kids at times have no idea who they are talking to and interacting with.
The super talented Elijah has sketched Lilith
As part of their poetry unit, 8C students have been creating blackout poetry front the recycled pages of old books
Students in 8F learning about density and buoyancy by making their own lava lamps.
Introducing the amazing Adella! She has raised just over $10,000 to participate in the 2021 World Challenge Expedition to Cambodia and Laos. This includes donations to a Cambodian charity that supports birthing women. Which is a perfect fit for AJ because she would like to be a midwife! Phenomenal effort, our Ogilvie family are all so proud of you AJ.
Grade 9 Leadership Team Nominations Soft Launch: 1 July 2020
The call for Grade 9 Leadership Team will commence on 1 July 2020. This is a soft launch to enable girls who are keen to nominate for membership of the Leadership Team to start drafting, planning and writing or filming their application statements over the break. The girls have been asked to collect an Application Package from Ms Alexander so that they can be assisted by the guidelines therein. The more celebratory launch of the Package will be presented at Grade 9 Welcome Back Assembly during Week 1, Term 3. Ms Carina Bonifacio has accepted the role of Coordinator of Grade 9 Leadership Team and she looks forward to working with the girls and further developing their skills.
Grade 9 Gratitude Project
The Grade 9 Gratitude Project continues to be a positive and productive program in Grade 9 Home Group. The girls have designed and made their Gratitude Journals. This was a fun activity for all.
Gratitude is one of the many complicated feelings we have. It's about focusing on what's good in our lives and being thankful for the things we are so privileged to have.
Gratitude is pausing to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted, like having a place to live, food, clean water, friends, family, even computer access.
Grade 9s Elective Subjects
Congratulations to Amy S who has been signed to play cricket with the Tasmanian Tigers for the 2020/2021 season. Amy is a leg-spin bowler and made history when she became the youngest ever person to play for the Tigers in First-Class and List A cricket when she debuted in the squad in February 2019 at just 14 years of age.
Congratulations to Hannah Mc who has been shortlisted for her entry in the What Matters? Writing competition for 2020 with her piece:The Inside of the Outside.
In the four weeks since we returned to school, the Prefect Board has been meeting regularly to discuss the unique opportunities this year has thrown our way. Due to the vast differences 2020 has already had when compared to other years, we think it would be fitting that our Prefect Board adapts our plans to fit with the changing year.
2020 will likely be remembered as a year of change throughout the entire world, and Ogilvie should not be left out of that. Despite the circumstances, the pandemic has proved to be a good time for us to focus on how we as a community can better ourselves and our surroundings. Throughout the period of isolation, we decided that one of the best ways we could remain positive and spread some laughter, was to create some short videos. These videos went on the school’s Facebook page and were created as a way to show our appreciation and lend a helping hand. They were a lot of fun to make and we hope you enjoyed them just as much as we did. We hope to continue finding creative new ways to communicate with families, and to continue to move forward as a school.
With the dream school project being organised and run by Mr Groves, we have received requests from some students about the possibility of having lunchtime sport, games, and other activities available. We really appreciate hearing the opinions of students across all grades, and will be looking forward to investigating this particular idea as one way for our school to move forward. There have also been many discussions, both with the staff and amongst ourselves, about uniform. As we, along with many of our peers, got ready for our return back to school after months of working from home, we fully recognised the importance of being comfortable whilst doing schoolwork. These things are all still in the works, but we are looking forward to continue representing the student body for the second half of the year.
Finally, we would like to send a huge thank you to all of the teachers, staff, students and families for all the extra work they have done to help keep everyone safe and healthy over the past three months. Thank you all for being so cooperative in these difficult times. We are very grateful to have been able to continue school despite the conditions, and we are excited to be back hanging out with all of you again.
Natalie and Sarah
Hear from our Zonta Club students who continue to raise awareness against elder abuse. Friday was a 'wear purple day' and students were asked to bring a gold coin donation as part of the free dress event. Funds raised will go towards the Council on the Ageing which focuses on the wellbeing of elders.
Total amount raised was: $ 445
DUNGEONS & DISTANCING
Dive into imaginative new worlds, make maps, make art, roll dice, draw, solve problems, act!
Dungeons & Distancing is a program for teens. We are totally inclusive, LGBTQI+ friendly, and welcoming to beginners. You don’t have to have any experience playing role-playing games before!
Meet as a small group online after school on Wednesdays using the Discord platform. You will need access to a computer or mobile device with a microphone and video (optional).
Artist, dungeonmaster and guide Richie Cyngler has been running roleplaying games for kids, teens, and adults for decades. Come along for the next adventure!
>>>Sign up at: https://form.jotform.com/201770764931054 >>>
*AGES: 13 – 18
Year 7 students 2021
Ogilvie and New Town High School Intentions Form (link below)
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