Standing up on social media
Ms al-Baghdadi said negative comments online were a serious issue for students.
“This is something we have to start taking very seriously, because it's happening. If it impacts me and I'm an adult, and I understand that this is not reality, it's a few people, it's isolated and it's not the whole of Australia, (the students) won't see it that way. From our part, we've discovered we need to do more education about this,” she said.
“We can't just put it aside and be so busy with everything else we're doing, because we have to train them when they go out to feel very confident, that they are Australian.”
Ms Siddique said the topic was raised at Careers, The Future and Other Life Choices, along with the power of mobilising people on social media for good.
“We all have a choice, and we all can use our voice to educate and raise awareness, which is the only way we're going to counter the ignorance and the prejudice,” she said.
“You see these negative situations and see it as an opportunity not as something that will define or victimise them but as an opportunity to educate, to raise awareness, to use their stories and voice to show what most of us see as common sense. You, me, regardless of our religion, our culture, our colour, we're all the same.
“How can we ask our children to take a stand and speak up if we're not prepared to do it ourselves? If we're not prepared to model the behaviour that we want them to emulate in their lives?”