• When drinking

    You don't need to drink to have a great time at Schoolies. Alcohol may be considered to be the most socially acceptable drug, however, it is responsible for more drug-related deaths and trauma within youth than any other drug.

  • Around drugs

    The safest way to stay safe around drugs at Schoolies is to say no and not use them. Drugs are not worth the risk!

  • At the Schoolies hub

    If you are celebrating Schoolies on the Gold Coast, it is likely you will be spending your nights partying at the Schoolies Hub on Surfers Paradise beach.

  • Out and about

    Worried about staying safe at Schoolies? We've come up with a list of easy and practical tips to help you stay safe so you can have an enjoyable Schoolies for all the right reasons.

  • With sex

    If you choose to engage in sexual activity at Schoolies, it's important for you to decide if you want to have sex, that you both consent to the sexual activity and that you have safe sex every time.

  • With social media and privacy

    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.

  • In your accommodation

    You may think your accommodation may be one of the safest places to be at Schoolies, but it can often be the place where a lot of risk taking behaviour occurs.

  • On the go

    Whether you're travelling by bike or vehicle during Schoolies, make sure you check out our tips below, especially the laws and responsibilities that come with hiring a scooter on the Gold Coast.

  • Around water

    We don't want to bang on about it but a lot of things can go wrong when you're enjoying the sun and surf, especially if you've been drinking or using drugs.

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 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.

When you’re at 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

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