• Strategies and advice to help keep you safe when drinking during Schoolies.

  • Strategies and advice to help keep you safe if you choose to take drugs during Schoolies.

  • Tips and advice on how to stay safe when celebrating in the Schoolies Hub.

  • Strategies on how to stay safe during sex at Schoolies .

  • Learn how to protect yourself and your friends on social media during Schoolies.

  • Tips and advice to help keep you safe in your Schoolies accommodation.

  • Practical tips to keep you safe when out and about during Schoolies.

Social media

If it didn't happen on social media, it didn't happen right? When you upload photos or video to social media, you run the risk of not knowing where it may end up.

Don’t let a photo or video ruin a future. What can start out as a bit of fun may end up being viewed by a wider audience than originally planned including your family, media and even future employers. And this doesn't just relate to sexting!

Before Schoolies, make sure you:

  • set your profiles to ‘private’ or ‘friends only’ and only accept friend requests from people you know and trust
  • tell your friends to ask for your permission before uploading and/or tagging a photo or video of you (and do the same for them)
  • set privacy settings to allow you to review photo tags before they appear on your profile and your friends’ newsfeeds.

During Schoolies:

  • think before you share. Would you be happy if your parents saw the photo? Would you be OK with a future employer seeing it?
  • be a good mate and don’t share embarrassing photos of your friends online. If your friend is in an embarrassing situation a real friend would help their friend, rather than photographing it.
  • remember that you may be filmed or photographed at any time. Schoolies have been charged after their stupid behaviour was caught on camera, so be responsible and aware.
  • don’t film crimes or assaults to promote them online as you could be charged and face heavy fines or a criminal conviction.
  • if a friend has tagged you in an inappropriate photo ask them to remove the image from social media. A real friend would respect your wishes.

Check out the ThinkUKnow or eSafety Commissioner websites for more information.

Sexting

Sexting is the sending of provocative or sexual photos, messages or videos. They are generally sent using a mobile phone but can also include posting online.

While sharing suggestive images or text messages may seem like innocent flirting or be considered funny, sexting can have serious social and legal consequences:

  • sending a sext to someone who does not wish to receive it is illegal
  • images can be shared with a very large audience quickly and linger in cyberspace for years
  • employers often conduct social media and Google searches on prospective employees - future boyfriends and girlfriends may also do the same
  • if you are under the age of 18, you may be charged with producing and disseminating child pornography or be put on the Sex Offender Register.

What to do if you receive an unwanted sext

  • never on-forward a sext to anyone else
  • if the sext makes you feel uncomfortable, contact your local Police station (do not delete the images).

Think before you sext

  • have you considered how the receiver will feel or are you breaking the law?
  • how would you feel if your sext was shown to someone else or leaked online?
  • are you about to make a good choice or does it fall in line with your family’s morals and expectations?
  • in general, taking some time to think about it will often help put things in to perspective.

More information about sexting can be found on the eSafety Commissioner website.

Image-based abuse

Image-based abuse occurs when intimate, nude or sexual images are shared without the consent of the person in the image or video. This includes real photos, altered, drawn pictures and videos. It is also image based abuse if someone threatens to share an intimate image or video of you.

Examples of image based abuse:

  • an ex-partner sharing intimate images of you on Instagram or Facebook without your consent
  • someone photoshopping an image to make you look naked and then emailing to others
  • a stranger taking intimate images of you without your consent.
  • Image-based abuse (revenge porn) occurs when intimate, nude or sexual images are distributed without the consent of those pictured. This includes real, altered (e.g. Photoshopped) and drawn pictures and videos.

    Image-based abuse (revenge porn) occurs when intimate, nude or sexual images are distributed without the consent of those pictured. This includes real, altered (e.g. Photoshopped) and drawn pictures and videos.

For more information on image based abuse including reporting and available support, head to eSafety Commissioner website.