Cyber bullying and harassment Students are encouraged to report instances of bullying and harassment. Grooming The various jurisdictions around Australia have or are progressively tightening the law concerning grooming, particularly for students under 16, by introducing or passing legislation that makes it a crime whether in person or online, including the grooming of families and parents. While the laws focus on the offenders themselves and not on the organisation through which an offender might participate in grooming, FMEDGE is committed to the protection of it students from grooming activities and any online harassment. It does this by:
Scamming Two of the major sources of scamming are phone contact and email contact. FMEDGE provides advice about avoidance of scamming (See Appendix A) as part of its online safety policy, and has instituted processes to ensure that its students are clear about the authenticity of any outbound contact from the organisation. Safety while studying on the internet As part of online learning you will be participating in online discussion and activities with fellow students via the LMS. This is a vital and valuable part of learning and you are encouraged to take up the opportunity to enhance your learning though the proven benefits of social collaboration. However, there are some precautions that it is important that you take. Though you are in a generally safe environment, it is important that you still remain on your guard against identity theft, scamming and harassment. Sometimes people who have been scammed, had their identities stolen by a criminal or harassed have inadvertently contributed to this by sharing too much information, including posting too much personal information about themselves on the internet, particularly on social networking sites. Our advice is that you don’t post personal information that can be used to identify you personally, such as your date of birth, address, telephone number or email account details, in your study-related chat rooms or social networking sites. We do not advise that you arrange to meet fellow students in person or communicate with them privately unless you already know them and trust them. Some online safety tips are:
If anyone tries to bully, harass or make inappropriate suggestions to you as part of your studies do not hesitate to contact FMEDGE at firstname.lastname@example.org.