Police Target Cyber Bullying; Students to Attend Online Safety Workshops

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Byline: JEM WILSON Reporter

KIDS can be cruel and the rise of social media sites and smart phones has made schoolyard bullying even easier.

So what can we do to stop the rise of cyber bullying?

School police liaison officer Senior Constable Kim Mewing delivers workshops on cyber safety in her role visiting about 26 schools in the Richmond Local Area Command.

Snr Const Mewing said cyber bullying can be prevented by parents taking an interest in what kids are doing online and on their phones.

aKeep an eye on who your kids are talking to online; monitor their activities and get involved,a Snr Const Mewing said.

aIf your child is under 13 they shouldn't have a Facebook account because it's against safety regulations.a

Next month every student from grades seven to 10 at Trinity Catholic College will be involved in a digital citizenship seminar run by the Catholic Education Office in Lismore.

Principal John Loadsman said all Catholic schools in the region recognise it is necessary to educate students about the dangers of cyber bullying. …