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Cyber-bullying headache for parents
By CATE BROUGHTON
SCHOOLS CAUGHT up in cyber-
bullying web pages have responded
well to the issue, but staff and
parents will need to remain vigilant
to prevent harm from other sites,
according to a Rangiora-based school
community police officer.
Constable Ken Terry said schools
and parents need to warn students of
the risks and their obligations -- that
it's not OK to post a photo of some-
one without their permission.
He said the technological gener-
ation gap meant parents were often
unaware of exactly how their kids
were using technology and social
When it comes to cyber-safety,
many parents are lost. It's quite
Mr Terry's comments come after
Facebook pages were set up by
students at Rangiora High School
and Kaiapoi High School to post
photos taken using the Snapchat
Both Facebook pages contained
lewd material, used to humiliate
The Kaiapoi High page was taken
down on Wednesday by the year
9 student who set it up, and the
Rangiora High School page had been
removed by Friday.
Principal Peggy Burrows said a
copycat page was set up after the
first one was removed, but it had
been taken down within 24 hours.
So, I think our students had got
the message that it was unwelcome,
but also that it was very easy to
monitor. And I think that's great,
because it means kids are self-
regulating, rather than adults.''
However, Mr Terry said that the
issue would continue to cause prob-
lems for schools.
Recently, a large group of North
Canterbury teens as young as 13 had
been visiting the qooh.me site, which
allows users to ask random ques-
tions to anonymous people, he said.
It is purely sexual content -- and
you can imagine the predators and
the jokers and the punsters that
would be on that website.''
Users could disclose information
about where they live or go to school,
and identify one another.
There is a lot of serious bullying
going on there,'' Mr Terry said.
Another issue concerned younger
children using Facebook for bullying.
Although Facebook recommends
users are at least 13, Mr Terry said
it was common for children as young
as nine to have an account.
He said that last year, a rural
North Canterbury school asked
police to step in when two students
aged nine and 11 set up a hate page.
Other kids entered into the con-
versation. It got out of hand very
quickly, and the poor old victims --
the two children the pair had set up
the page about -- were 10. It's just
Mr Terry has seen the results of
cyber-bullying -- children with very
low self-esteem, depression and self-
Those like'' and comment'' but-
tons on Facebook are nasty. If 100
people hit like'' on something nasty,
then there are 101 bullies, aren't
there? The poor old victim feels that
there are 101 bullies.''
Mr Terry recommends parents
visit: netsafe.org.nz if they want
more information on cyber-safety.
Critter maker at art expo
Lander's machines make paper around the world
DIY ART: Artist and paper-maker Mark Lander with his own paper-making machine, the ''Critter'' Hollander Beater. Mr
Lander will be the guest artist at this year's Kaiapoi Art Expo.
THE NUMBER eight wire approach has
been used to great effect by Amberley art-
ist Mark Lander, who is the Kaiapoi Art
Expo guest artist for 2013.
Mr Lander built his own paper-maker,
the Critter'' Hollander Beater, from an old
kitchen sink, pieces of timber and bits from
old washing machines.
I made and remade it six times before I
got a satisfactory design.''
The artist and teacher began making
Critters'' for small non-profit groups,
which then established small-scale paper
production projects to generate income and
created their own paper-based art. More
than 360 have been sent around the world
to various organisations, projects and
schools, including Aids initiatives in South
Africa, schools for the deaf in Tanzania,
orphanages in India and villages in Fiji.
Mark's paper art will be among 670
exhibits from more than 100 artists at this
year's Kaiapoi Art Expo, which will include
oil and watercolour paintings, photogra-
phy, jewellery, wood, ceramics, sculptures,
carvings, glassware and textiles.
The two-day expo is managed by the
Waimakariri Arts Trust. It aims to
showcase works from artists local to the
Waimakariri district and attracts almost
5000 visitors annually.
The Expo will be held at the Kaiapoi
Club's Riverview Lounge on Saturday,
July 27, and Sunday, July 28, from 10am
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