Recently, some Canberra middle school students fighting videos have been circulated and reposted on Instagram and Snapchat private groups. The fighting scenes recorded in the videos are very brutal and disturbing. Parents have said that these videos will have a long-term impact on the victims.
A mother in Canberra, Alannah (a pseudonym) said that her 14-year-old son was beaten by another student. After that, the video of the beating was circulated on social media. Her son was very upset. Later, the video was posted online. The constant reposting on the site made him suffer a greater sense of humiliation.
Dozens of videos of students fighting in Canberra were uploaded online
Parents say that video sharing may aggravate the impact of these attacks
Psychologists say these videos are "frightening" and are an escalation of cyberbullying
The mother asked not to disclose her real name because her son was afraid that other students would think that he was "reporting" and he would be more bullied.
When she learned that her son's bullying was not the case, she decided not to remain silent.
She said that it has become a trend for Canberra high school students to beat other students for sharing videos on social media (including Instagram and Snapchat).
Some accounts on these social media platforms encourage users to upload videos of fighting in Canberra. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC has obtained dozens of violent video clips and video materials, and can confirm that some of the videos were shot in the Capital Territory.
Many people who follow these accounts have liked and commented on these videos. The identity information of their social media accounts is students of Canberra Middle School, and some of them have the name of the school.
Alana's son goes to a public school in Canberra. She described the video that recorded her son being beaten. This video was reposted online afterwards.
"They asked a friend to prepare a mobile phone, and then they walked to another student and started hitting this student," she said.
"First they verbally insulted, then started pushing, and then they punched each other. They posted these things on the Internet. The value of doing so was the eyeballs of bloggers. They could write on the Internet,'Look at what I posted.' Look at this beating scene'".
"Knowing that someone watched the video of my son being attacked on social media, liked, reposted, and followed those who posted the video of the attack is simply appalling," she said.
"Seeing a child hitting another child, if it is your own child, you can't be there at the time, and you can't intervene to stop it. Once the video is on the Internet and released, it will never be eliminated."
This form of cyberbullying starts with physical violence and verbal violence, but its influence can also be felt across the Internet.
The forwarding function should be turned off quickly
Andrew Campbell, a cyber psychologist and mental health expert at the University of Sydney, said the videos were "too bad," but few people understood that they were an escalation of cyber violence.
"Video bullying is definitely a kind of provocation. It is a more serious form of cyber bullying. The video records the bullying process in real time. It can be said to attract "fans" who watch the bullying video. Therefore, it can also be said that the viewers accept this behavior. ," Dr. Campbell said.
"I think the most harmful thing is that this kind of video really has fans' attention. This kind of fan is likely to have no awareness of the trauma suffered by the victim, and this kind of injury is the core content of this type of video. "
He said that the perpetrators did not show any sympathy for the victims, on the one hand because they were young, and on the other because they wanted to use the content to increase their visibility on the Internet.
The ACT Education Directorate confirmed in a statement to the ABC that the department has also found incidents similar to campus cyber violence in Canberra.
"It is really disappointing to see videos of this nature circulating on social media. It seems that few people care about the physical and mental health of these people. We noticed that this kind of thing happens from time to time," the statement said.
The Education Council stated that “schools throughout Australia and all over the world are facing such a situation.” In a digitally connected world, everyone in the community has the responsibility to show young people how to become a good netizen. This is not just It's just the responsibility of the school.
"Young people usually exhibit normal behavior, including what they see and observe young people's behavior outside of school," the statement said.
"Because of this, our community needs to support the dialogue with students at school. We all need to support young people in making the right choices in interpersonal relationships and the use of social media."
"We went to the school and the police station"
Across the country in Australia, the Office of the Cyber Security Commissioner (eSafety Commissioner) has launched a program to receive complaints. The program targets Australian children under the age of 18 who have suffered severe cyberbullying. The commissioner’s office has the legal right to issue civil penalties to social media companies.
The network commissioner's office received not many complaints involving children fighting videos, but the office said that such complaints are generally when the school notified the office and asked the office to help delete these videos.
"If a child is confirmed to be involved in a video and posted on the Internet to further threaten, harass, humiliate or intimidate the child, then this will be classified as serious cyberbullying. If the school or the individual is social The media reported the incident, and the social media platform failed to delete it within 48 hours, so we can assist," a spokesperson for the Office of the Cyber Security Commissioner said. The spokesperson called on affected children to report.
In the case of Alana and her son, although her son was afraid of being bullied, she chose to tell the story.
Alana’s son’s middle school and relevant authorities reassure them that it was the right choice to report the incident.
Earlier, parents of a primary school in the southernmost Canberra raised their concerns to the Capital Territory Education Council and the media. They stated that the bullying and assault issues raised by them had not been properly handled.
(Article from ABC News: Tahlia Roy)
1. Human beings are also an animal on the earth. The law of the jungle in the animal world is also reflected in human society. In fact, humans are the most ferocious animals in the world. Therefore, tigers and lions with ferocious appearances are also bullied by humans and detained in cages. Inside, for humans to play with. Those bullies who bully other classmates may also be out of animal nature.
2. But human beings are also a kind of advanced animals that are different from other animals. Uncontrolled mutual bullying between humans will surely destroy humans themselves. The relationship between people must be standardized, and laws and regulations arise from this. The school is no exception.
3. Parents, please communicate with your children and tell your children what bullying is. And tell the child how to face bullying.