22 students have been suspended from a Gold Coast school after naked images reportedly circulated around a schoolyard ‘pornography ring’.
It has been reported that year 9 girls and boys from Palm Beach Currumbin High School (PBC) who sent inappropriate images of fellow students to each other were told to stay at home for three days.
Principal Stephen Loggie has said the school will work with parents and make sure students don’t make the same mistake again.
“Young people are confronted by unprecedented pressures in relation to their online presence,” he said.
“Upon their return, all students will redo the cyber safety course which will include examining case studies highlighting the dangers of this type of activity.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Education and Training confirmed to Yahoo7 that 22 students were suspended for sharing inappropriate images.
“Unsafe online behaviour and inappropriate use of technology is a community-wide issue,” the statement read.
“Schools, along with parents, have a role to play in supporting students to make safe and appropriate choices online.
“The school is working with students to ensure their behaviour is in line with school behaviour policy.”
It is believed the website, in the format of a message chat forum, is frequented by Australians but hosted outside of the country.
Parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson said, “It has never been more important for us as parents to develop healthy, respectful relationships with our children. It has never been more important for us to sit down and talk with them. It has never been more important for us to listen to them and see the world through their eyes.
We need our girls to feel safe. We need our boys to be respectful. We need, as parents, to really teach our children wisely – and to support and guide them when they struggle or make mistakes.
And we need to help them know that not everyone is like this. They need hope. We are the ones that can help them find it.”
If you have further information or would like to report concerns contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111.
If you or someone you know has been impacted by sexual assault or exploitation support is available at 1800 RESPECT and Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
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