Today as a school community we celebrated the Australian National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence (NDA), by having a whole school Jump Jam followed by forming the words “No Way!” on the field. This was not because we have a bullying problem in our school, but because it is always important to continually highlight the importance of treating others with respect and kindness. I think this is more important than ever, as I feel that our society may be, in some ways, becoming much less tolerant and accepting, less respectful of each other and less kind.
With the proliferation of social media activity every single day, we are sometimes confronted by people feeling that they have the right to post their thoughts about people they have never met and about events they had not attended. Whilst on social media, people attack others in a way that they never would in person. People sometimes choose to post the most damaging and hurtful comments about people. People also have no hesitation in spreading terrible rumours about others online, often without verifying the facts.
As a community I would like us all to consider the following;
- think before we post
- ensure that we know all the facts before posting anything
- not post anything which we wouldn’t say to a person’s face
- think how we would feel if someone else posted this about ourselves
- are we being fair and respectful?
- do we actually know the person; so do we actually have the right to post?
Throughout life there will always be issues which we need to address and face but there is no substitute for a face-to-face conversation with the person involved. Being a keyboard warrior is neither fair, kind or respectful.
Irrespective of our age, being kind in our thoughts, words, and actions (and social media posts) will strengthen our community and ensure that it is a safe, happy and trusting school for everyone. Let’s keep this in mind as one of our goals for the remainder of the year and beyond.
Mark Hemphill | Head of School