SOCIAL MEDIA WARNING

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11 September, 2020

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This week saw schools and social media safety experts warning parents and children to avoid viewing a video on TikTok that shows an American man taking his own life. Unfortunately this has been viewed by a number of our students and the risk of more of our students viewing it is still real. Cyber safety expert Susan McLean, a regular visitor to Scotch Oakburn College, has warned against the use of Tik Tok since its inception. This app is now more popular than Snapchat and children only have to be 13 years old to sign up. We implore parents to work with us and take an active part in educating your children about cyber safety. Here are some sites which you may find helpful.

https://braveheart.org.au/who-we-are/about-bravehearts/

https://www.cybersafetysolutions.com.au/internet-safety-tips-for-parents-teachers-carers/

https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents

The flagging of this video is likely to promote some questions around the topic of suicide. The Black dog institute has a very helpful guide to having this conversation. Download it via this link.

Should you have any concerns about your child or require further support and/or information  please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at kylie.wolstencroft@soc.tas.edu.au.

Kylie Wolstencroft
Wellbeing Coordinator / Registered Psychologist

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