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The power to understand

Growth / Learn

What is their view­point?

Question / Engage

How is their view diff­erent from mine?

Hear / Voice

What makes me think I am right? What can I learn from them?

Communicate / Support

How can we find a middle ground we are both happy with?

Include / Connect

Do they respect you when you say “No”?

Integrity / Values

How do you show respect for people’s ideas and values?

Listen / Share

Do you listen to others and provide thought­ful responses?

Privacy / Courtesy

Is this an opinion I need to share—or can I keep it to myself?


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‘…probably one of the most horrible things I have ever seen online happened to a boy from my school who had just came out at school and to his family…’

Here is some expert advice

If someone doesn’t treat you with respect—why keep them as a contact? Don’t get involved in arguments and make things more stressful. You can always delete rude or toxic people from your contacts and your life.

Ask for any disrespectful or embarassing information about you to be taken down. If it doesn’t happen, report it to the website administrator.

If your issue involves cyberbullying, harassment or online crimes like ID theft or hacking, take immediate action. Block the sender and keep records of posts or conversations. Notify the police if there are physical threats.

If you are being seriously cyberbullied and you have reported it to the social media service, you can also contact our Office for support and help.

If someone is disrespecting you and you aren’t sure what to do, talk to a friend or trusted adult about the issue and your feelings. They might be able to offer different perspectives or advice on how to handle the problem.

The Australian Human Rights Commission can investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination, harassment and bullying based on a range of things like a person’s sex, disability, race, age, sexual preference and religion. Other places you can also find information and support are: Islamicare and Online Hate Prevention Institute

Seek professional support—you can contact Kids Helpline 24/7 for confidential support—they help you figure out how to solve your problems your way.