Australia’s top cyber bullying expert Susan McLean was in Rochester last week to speak to students at Rochester Secondary College students.By Elaine Cooney
Australia’s top cyber bullying expert Susan McLean spoke to Rochester Secondary College students last week.
Principal Bernie Altmann said the school did not have a major cyber bullying problem but hired the expert to keep issues at bay.
He said cyber bullying occasionally came up at school that related to Facebook comments outside of school hours.
‘‘It can become complicated for the school to deal with it when it hasn’t happened at school but has an impact at school,’’ he said.
Mr Altmann said in the seven years he worked at the school, police were called twice in relation to cyber bullying.
He said these related to threats of violence through social media.
Mr Altmann said he was unaware of any problems related to sexting
Ms McLean said she wanted to teach the year seven and eight students respect and responsibility while online.
She said sexting was a major problem that could lead to cyber bullying.
‘‘When (teenagers) share naked pictures, the images can be passed around,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s highly criminal. If you take a (naked) photo (of a teenager under 18) you are manufacturing child pornography.’’
She said the person who owned the device that held the image could be charged with possession of child pornography and the person who sent it charged with transmitting child pornography.
She said if minors were to willingly take a naked photo of themselves and send it to someone they would not be exempt from charges.
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