Stand­ing up on so­cial me­dia

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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?”

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