Pastoral Care

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Image sharing and Cyberbullying:  The Hunting – TV Series

“Research shows that 1 in 5 people have experienced image-based abuse with 1 in 3 young people aged 16-19 years  reporting such an experience.” Henry, N., Powell, A. & Flynn, A. RMIT University (2017).

‘The Hunting’ is a drama series following the lives of four young Australians as they explore the complexities of relationships, identity and sexuality via technology. The series follows the lead up, revelation and aftermath of an inappropriate teen photo scandal and the impact it has on the students, teachers and families involved.

Research shows that young people are increasingly exploring their sexuality online. A report from La Trobe University states that 26% of teens have sent a nude or sexual image, or video, of themselves to someone else. Image based abuse is a growing concern for young people and occurs when such images are then distributed without the consent of those pictured. These images may be real or altered/photoshopped in some way. Cyberbullying is the use of technology with the intent to hurt a person or group socially or psychologically and can occur in many ways including nasty online gossip, humiliating others online and abusive texts and emails.

The aim of this series is to promote discussion and awareness in an attempt to minimise harm. Experts suggest that conversations about online safety should start in the home and should occur as soon as a parent hands over a mobile device to a child. This message is also constantly reinforced throughout their educational journey and forms part of the Pastoral curriculum at the School. This week Year 7 have engaged in a Pastoral session on relationships in their ‘Digital V’s Real World’, whilst Year 8 explored the myths and facts around ‘Digital Health’,  and the risks associated with sharing nude or sexual images. 

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents are provided with valuable information and are encouraged to have conversations with their children about the issues of online safety and the potential harm of image sharing and cyberbullying. In partnership with the eSafety Commissioner, SBS has created a package of resources including discussion guides for families and teachers, around cyberbullying and image sharing, to promote safe and positive experiences online.

Click on this link to access this SchoolTV special report and the associated resources. We hope you take some time to reflect on the information offered and use this to assist you in having an informed conversation with your daughter. If you have any questions about this material or you have concerns about the wellbeing of your daughter, please contact your daughters Head of House or a member of the Counselling Team for further information.


Mrs Lynn Long

Director of Pastoral Care



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Conversations this week: 

Year 12 HSC trial exams
Year 11 Tutor conversations
Year 10 In conversation with Ms Ugonotti
Year 9 Far North Queensland
Year 8 Advisor conversations
Year 7 In conversation with Ms Kearns