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Cyber Bullying Prevention in Schools, 2018

Cyber Bullying is an increasing problem in our schools and communities, and can carry with it a terrible cost. With technology increasingly available at an increasingly young age, it is critical we teach our children how to protect themselves and their digital footprint in an adult online world. This forum will unite national perspectives in a bid to prevent unwanted behaviours, and, ultimately, to protect and nurture the most vulnerable citizens of our society.

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  21 - 24 May 2018
The Grace Hotel
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Speakers

With case studies from independent and public schools across the nation as well as psychological, legal, support service and governmental perspectives.
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Days

Our four day event will balance practical implementation case studies with psychological insight, legal frameworks, governmental perspective and tips from support services.
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Workshops

Our workshop days are designed so they can target on how schools can better provide support for victims of cyber-bullying, delivering practical skills for building support networks between schools and community and nurturing student resilience, grit and self-determination.
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Venue

The Grace Hotel Sydney, 77 York Street, Sydney, 2000

Benefits

  • Gain sophisticated psychological understandings on the motivations underpinning cyber-bullying
  • Develop insight into the psychological and legal consequences of problematic cyber behavior
  • Learn from practical case studies on how to implement school-wide cyber bullying prevention plans
  • Gain practical tools for building networks to help prevent cyber-bullying and give support where needed
  • Tips for empowering coping skills, critical thinking and resilience of your students

Who should attend this conference

100%Principal & Deputy/ Relieving/ Assistant Principal

98%Education/ Program/ Curriculum/ Personal Development Co-ordinator

94%Heads of IT/ ICT

93%Learning & Support Officer

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Key Speakers

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Dr Arne Rubinstein

Director and Author of The Making of Men


Rites of Passage Institute


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Vanessa D'Souza

Acting Director, Policy, Analysis and Reporting


National Mental Health Commission


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Simone Napper

Assistant Principal & Technology Coordinator


Roselea Public School, NSW


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Michael Turton

Director of Student Wellbeing K-12


Georges River Grammar School


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Paul Connelly

Head of eLearning


Portside Christian College


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Duncan Kendall

Assistant Director of the Senior Preparatory School


The Scots College Sydney


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Matthew Wootton,

Student PD Program Co-ordinator


Haileybury, VIC


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Mia Garlick

Director of Policy


Facebook


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Nicholas Stewart

Partner


Dowson Turco Lawyers


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Robin Grille

Psychologist & Author


Parenting for a Peaceful World


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Jonny Shannon

Bullying & Cyber Safety Expert


independent speaker


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Dr Jo Robinson

Head, Suicide Prevention Research


Orygen Youth Mental Health Service


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Dianne Giblin

Chief Executive Officer


Australian Council of State Schools


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Lyn Worsley

Director; Clinical Psychologist and Author of the Resilience Doughnut


The Resilience Centre


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Simon Townley

Wellbeing Co-ordinator


Queenwood School


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Dr Evita March

Lecturer of Psychology


Federation University Australia


  • 21st May 2018 - Pre-Conference Workshop

    8:30AM: REGISTRATION

    9:00AM: WORKSHOP A: CONVERTING PROFORMA INTO A COMPULSORY ANTI-BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAM

    A major challenge for school administrators in a digital age is implementing a well thought-out and effective cyber-bullying prevention plan. The Alannah and Madeleine Foundation will share the eSMART Framework methodology they have established for drafting, implementing and tracking their prevention strategies for supporting preventing cyber-bullying and supporting a harmonious school culture.

    WORKSHOP OUTCOMES:

    • Understand how to interpret high level outcomes into practical steps
    • Methodology and learning
    • Gain insight into tools for tracking progress in the prevention of cyber-bullying
    • Know how to implement and receive buy-in for programs of change throughout your institution
    • Gain insight into strategies used by other case study cyber-bullying prevention plans

    Michelle Webster, Head of Knowledge and Innovation, The Alannah and Madeleine Foundation

    12:00PM: LUNCH

    1:00PM: WORKSHOP B: ENHANCING COLLABORATION AND FACILITATING COMMUNITY ACTION FOR CYBER-BULLYING PREVENTION

    It takes a village to prevent cyber-bullying in our schools. Ensuring a common and harmonised approach is one of the key challenges for school administrators. Most cyber-bullying happens outside school hours and grounds but the impact and burden of responsibility falls on schools and effects are felt school-wide. This workshop, conducted by CEO of Australian Council of State Schools and Parents Australia will provide concrete methodology for developing community-wide networks and co-operation to prevent cyber-bullying once and for all.

    WORKSHOP OUTCOMES:

    • Understand how to facilitate collaboration between the multiple stakeholders involved in cyber-bullying prevention
    • Discover tools for building inter-school and community networks
    • Understand how to develop and sustain family engagement practices in schools
    • Gain access to valuable online resources

    Dianne Giblin, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Council of State Schools

    Di has a passion for education, in particular public education, and the opportunities it affords young people. She has led the ACSSO secretariat since 2011 but has been a significant player in parent activism since 1984 when her eldest child commenced school.

    She has held various volunteer roles in the parent movement finishing her P&C career as President of the Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations of NSW.

    Di was a founding Director of Public Education Foundation whose board position she held for six years; a founding Director of Primary Ethics Board and also a founding Director of The Parenthood board.

    Recognition of her work saw her commended for Meritorious Service to Public Education and Training in 2010. In 2012 Dianne was admitted as a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for her service to public education and the community.

    4:00PM: CLOSE OF DAY 1

  • 22nd May 2018 - Conference Day 1

    8:30am – Registration and Arrival Morning Tea and Coffee

    9:00am OPENING REMARKS BY CHAIR: Jonny Shannon, Bullying & Cyber Safety Expert

    ————–SUPPORTING THE VICTIMS OF CYBER-BULLYING———————————

    9:05 AM: UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF CYBER-BULLYING ON CHILDREN

    • A personal account of the short and long-term effects of being a victim of cyber-bullying
    • The importance of understanding and using proper netiquette when expressing strong opinions online
    • Empowering teachers, parents and students to collaborate to create a socially safe world

    Jonny Shannon, Bullying & Cyber Safety Expert

    9:45AM: KEYNOTE: PROTECTING THE MENTAL HEALTH OF STUDENTS

    • Know the statistics:

    o   Mental illness in student populations

    o   The effects of cyberbullying on mental health

    • The importance of a whole-of-community approach in promoting mental health

    Vanessa D’Souza, Acting Director, Policy, Analysis & Reporting, National Mental Health Commission

    10:30AM: MORNING TEA

    11:00AM: CYBER-BULLYING POLICIES AND REGULATIONS

    • The VIC Department of Education and Training’s approach for preventing cyber-bullying in schools:
      • Rolling out cyberbullying prevention programs in schools
      • Student support services available to each school
      • Leveraging resources for a whole community approach
    • Initiatives that will aid administrators in driving cyber-bullying programs throughout their institution

     

    Justin McDonald, Director Wellbeing and Engagement Unit, Department of Education and Training, VIC

    ————-ONLINE RISKS AND CONSEQUENCES—————————————————-

    11:45: UNDERSTANDING THE LEGISLATION AROUND CYBER-BULLYING FOR SCHOOLS

    • Defining a cyber-bullying legal breach and its ramifications
    • Duty of Care for school administrators
    • Understanding the relevant de-centralised legislation around cybercrime, crime, domestic violence, common law and telecommunications

    Nicholas Stewart, Partner, Dowson Turco

    12:30PM: LUNCH

    1:15PM: PORNOGRAPHY, SEXTING AND THE RAMIFICATIONS OF DIGITAL SHARING

    • How the rise of pornography consumption and sexting is shaping the values of young minds
    • Educating on the dangers of sharing provocative images
    • Understanding the ramifications on the sharer and receiver
    • The case for raising the minimum age of un-supervised technology access
    • The preventative measures a school can take partnering with parents

    Paul Connelly, Head of ELearning, Portside Christian College, SA

    ————-DESIGNING APPROPRIATE CONSEQUENCES—————————————–

    2:00PM: UNDERSTANDING ONLINE PREDATORS

    • Knowing the difference between trolling and cyber-bullying
      • Social vs personality-based motivational roots
      • How to implement effective motivation-based interventions
    • Leveraging motivational understandings to safe-guard from online and offline bullying

    Professor Evita March, Lecturer of Psychology, Federation University Australia

    2:45 Afternoon Tea

    3:15PM: CASE STUDY: LEVERAGING SOCIAL PRESSURE TO TRANSFORM BEHAVIOUR

    • Enlisting and empowering parents to help facilitate cyber-bullying prevention
      • Creating a co-signed social behaviour contract
      • Enshrining clear-cut and consistent behavioural expectations at school and at home
      • Understanding the power of peers in influencing behaviour
      • Student-to-student lessons learned
      • The role of restorative justice and increased compassion in preventing challenging behaviours

    Leanne Guillon, Deputy Principal, Carey Baptist Grammar School, VIC

    4:00PM: UNDERSTANDING AND DESIGNING APPROPRIATE CONSEQUENCES TO CYBER-BULLYING

    • Understanding empathy and the role of empathy in bullying behaviour
    • Why distance diminishes empathy
    • Uncovering the roots of violence and bullying
      • Authoritarian vs authoritative parenting styles and their differing impact
      • The developmental effects of punishment on behaviour and the child’s brain
      • Understanding the difference between toxic shame and healthy shame and what the policy implications are
    • Case studies in restorative justice and lessons for reforming student behaviour

    Robin Grille, Psychologist; Author of Parenting for a Peaceful World

    4:45pm CLOSE OF DAY 2

  • 23rd May 2018 - Conference Day 2

    8:30am Registration, morning coffee and tea

    9:00AM: OPENING REMARKS BY CHAIR: Jonny Shannon, Bullying & Cyber Safety Expert

    ————–SOCIAL MEDIA AND MENTAL HEALTH—————————————————

    9:05 KEYNOTE: UNDERSTANDING THE DANGERS OF SOCIAL MEDIA

    • How the Federal Government’s increased investment into youth mental health will transform Orygen’s suicide prevention services
    • The social media project: Understanding the steps platforms are taking to help prevent cyber-bullying
    • Recognising and positive intervention against online dangers and the related increase in youth suicide:
      • Mitigating the risks of comparisons to unrealistic portrayals
      • Protecting students from triggering and distressing online material
      • Exposure to self-harm content and support available for at-risk teens
    • Steps for maximising the benefits of exposure to social media

    Dr Jo Robinson, Head, Suicide Prevention Research, Orygen Youth Mental Health Service

    9:50 TOOLS AND RESOURCES THAT TEACHERS CAN USE TO ADDRESS CYBER-BULLYING

    • What are the trends in online communications and safety?
    • Know what tools are available to teachers and administrators for preventing and resolve cyber-bullying
    • Get involved in the resources that assist in safety education
    • What are the tools and trends to assist in promoting a positive online environment?
    • The importance of reciprocal feedback for ensuring Facebook are able to provide a safe space

    Mia GarlickDirector of PolicyFacebook, Australia

    10:30 AM: MORNING TEA

    10:50AM: CASE STUDY: BUILDING SKILLS TO EMPOWER STUDENTS TO NAVIGATE ONLINE DANGERS

    • Critical thinking as key to empowering students
      • Understanding the motivation of content providers and the potential for exploitation
      • Know the psychology of addictive behaviours
      • Navigating social etiquette online
    • Structuring classes to cultivate sharing and build trust and mutual disclosure to help diagnose and treat problems

    Simon Townley, Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Queenwood School for Girls, NSW

    11:30am: THINKUKNOW – STEPS FOR SELF-PROTECTION AND ESCALATION

    • Understanding the risks, responsibilities and resources available for teachers responding to cyber-bullying
    • Teaching students ethical and responsible use of the net
    • Enshrining online privacy
    • Understanding grooming and online child exploitation
    • How to respond to sexting in the classroom
    • Responding and escalating when something goes wrong

    ThinkUKnow Volunteer, Australian Federal Police

    ————– DRAFTING & IMPLEMENTING PLANS & PROCEDURES ————————–

    12:15pm: PROACTIVE VS REACTIVE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR CONTEXTUALISED CHANGE-MAKING

    • Roselea Public School’s experience implementing a contextualised approach on Cyber-Bullying Prevention Plans
    • Implementing principles of the 6P path (Practice, Purpose, Partnerships, Programs, Policies, Publication)
      • Understanding the strategy from end to end and translating outcomes into practical steps forward
      • Solving complex problems through pooling common resources and expertise

    Simone NapperAssistant Principal & Technology Coordinator, Roselea Public School, NSW

    1:00pm Lunch

    1:45pm: CASE STUDY: UTILISING TECHNOLOGIES FOR BEHAVIOURAL TRANSFORMATION

    • How technological and social education holds the key for cyber-bullying prevention
      • Learning about the use and misuse of technology
      • Understanding legal ramifications and your digital footprint
      • Protecting yourself online
      • Social re-education for improving netiquette
    • Reflections on Georges River Grammar’s journey toward better supporting students and teachers

    Michael Turton, Director of Student Wellbeing, Georges River Grammar, NSW

    2:30pm: CASE STUDY: BEYOND CONSULTANTS – IN-HOUSE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM DESIGN

    • Scots College’s experience of creating and rolling out their two-tiered in-house educational talks on cyber-bullying
    • Aims of the program:
      • Embedding values and fostering self-reliance and accountability
      • Creating a student culture of social acknowledgement for responding to prevent bullying
      • Understanding the nature of digital citizenship in an age-appropriate way
    • Creating a program that can constantly evolve to respond to student culture, new technology and new ideas

    Duncan Kendall, Assistant Head of the Senior Preparatory School, Scots College, NSW

    3:15pm Afternoon Tea

    —————RE-THINKING SCHOOL STRUCTURES ————————————————-

    3:30pm CASE STUDY: ENGAGING STUDENTS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS

    • The Haileybury journey of overhauling their student personal development educational programme
    • Personal Development 2.0 – diagnosis and resolution of student body problems through continuous feedback
    • Early reflections on the whole school project
    • How much power is too much power? Walking the fine line between retaining and giving control of school direction

    Matthew Wootton, Student PD Program Co-ordinator, Haileybury, VIC

    4:15pm CASE STUDY: TRANSFORMING STUDENT BEHAVIOUR THROUGH DIFFERENT SCHOOL STRUCTURES

    • Benefits St Patrick’s College has realised from isolating its year groups into a pastoral stand-alone campus:
      • Leveraging structures and data to transform student learning
      • Reducing behavioural issues and improving holistic outcomes
      • Anecdotal evidence for reduced need for punitive punishments
    • Future lessons for transforming school structures to foster better student social outcomes

    TBD, St Patrick’s College, TAS

    5:00pm End of Day 3

  • Rites of Passage Institute

    www.ritesofpassageinstitute.org

    Dr Arne Rubenstein and his son Jayden Rubenstein will be presenting at 4:30pm on the 22nd May 2018

    Dr. Arne Rubinstein

    Founder & CEO, Rites of Passage Institute Pty Ltd 

    Dr. Arne Rubinstein is an internationally recognised expert on Rites of Passage and adolescent development. He has been running programs for teenagers and delivering cutting edge leadership training in Australia and internationally for over 20 years.

    A medical doctor, workshop facilitator and speaker, his leadership training, camps and seminars have been attended by over 100,000 people globally including CEO’s and senior executives from some of Australia’s largest companies.

    Author of the best-seller The Making of Men, Dr. Arne has become a leading figure in Australia for advice on how support boys to successfully make a safe, healthy transition to young men.

    In 2008, he was nominated for Australian of the Year for his groundbreaking work with youth, providing much-needed answers and tools to help a generation of young men and women be happy and motivated about life.                                                                   

    His spectacular bush property in Byron Bay, New South Wales, has been transformed into a workshop and leadership training facility where people come from around the world to participate in programs and camps.

    Dr Arne is the proud father of two wonderful young men and a mentor to many others.


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