Our priorities are to:
- Implement ‘Carly’s Law’ at a state level to make it an offence for a person over 18 to intentionally misrepresent their age in online communications with minors for the purposes of encouraging a physical meeting, or with the intention of committing an offence.
- Empower the Commissioner for Children and Young People for South Australia to manage complaints about cyber bullying from young people in conjunction with the Commonwealth Office.
- Empower the Commissioner for Children and Young People for South Australia to provide mediation services between victims and bullies.
- Roll out the Carly Ryan Foundation’s ‘Online Safety and Emotional Intelligence Seminars’ to all Year 6 students in South Australia to bring about cultural change.
- All young people responsible for bullying behaviour to undergo an intensive education program to change behaviours.
- Empower the Commissioner and Young People for South Australia to make referrals to police, in certain cases.
Cyberbullying is a complex contemporary issue affecting our young people with devastating consequences for the victims and their families. A strong legal framework is essential, but the law alone cannot effect the cultural change necessary to reduce the frequency and harm caused by modern methods of bullying behaviour.
The World Wide Web has become weaponised enabling those with malice and ill intent to harass others while frequently enjoying anonymity. Hate has gone viral with words and images hurled by cowards and bullies who rage against women, ethnic and religious minorities, vulnerable children and the LGBTIQ community.
It has been estimated by the Office of the e-Safety Commissioner that in the 12 months to June 2016, 19 per cent of teens and eight per cent of children were cyberbullied. The cyberbullying ranged from being socially excluded, being called names, receiving unwanted online messages, having lies spread about them, receiving threats to their safety, having their accounts accessed without their consent, having personal information posted without their consent, having inappropriate private photos posted of them without their consent and even having someone impersonate them.
SA-BEST will make it a priority to protect the safety of children in the digital space. We must protect those who cannot protect themselves.
We can provide children with strategies and tools to stay safe online so they can experience the benefits of the internet without being at risk of the dangers.
SA-BEST is committed to providing prevention through education.
Sonya Ryan, founder and CEO of the Carly Ryan Foundation is a leading e-safety advocate is an accredited Safety Provider with the Commonwealth e-Safety Commissioner. Sonya has pioneered education and awareness of online safety for children for over 10 years following the death of her beloved daughter, Carly, at the hands of an online predator and her expertise demonstrates that the Carly Ryan Foundation is well placed to provide prevention programs.
Harm minimisation through mediation and support
We would work with the Commissioner for Children and Young People for South Australia to find the best way to manage complaints of bullying and cyberbullying from young South Australians and to work in conjunction with the Commonwealth Office of the e-Safety Commissioner.
To work with the Commissioner for Children and Young People to develop the best mediation solutions between victims and bullies and to ensure a safe, secure environment conducted by mediators with expertise in youth mental health.
All young people responsible for bullying behaviour to undergo an intensive education program to change behaviours.
Empowering the Commissioner and Young People for South Australia to make referrals to police, in certain cases.