How We Can Respond to the Causes of Unacceptable Online Behaviour - Hope 103.2

How We Can Respond to the Causes of Unacceptable Online Behaviour

Daniel Principe from anti-sexploitation movement Collective Shout says we all can do more to be better role models of respect and care.

By Ben McEachenMonday 26 Sep 2022Hope MorningsCultureReading Time: 1 minute

The New South Wales Government has announced it will, for the first time, appoint a Chief Behaviour Adviser for public and private schools.

This monitor of conduct will work across the NSW education sector to equip parents, caregivers and students with evidence-based behaviour practices.

The creation of the role is something of a response to scandals such as the group chat involving students at Sydney’s Knox Grammar School (and other schools).

Sadly, this high-profile example of shared content that is sexist, homophobic and racist is not isolated.

From the #MeToo movement to domestic violence statistics in Australia and the wide availability and acceptance of pornographic material, examples of toxic masculinity, in particular, have regularly surfaced.

When these awful examples of behaviour come to light, often there is a discussion about the symptoms of the problem but not the root causes.

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Before the announcement of NSW’s Chief Behaviour Adviser to schools, Hope Mornings spoke with Daniel Principe, Youth Advocate and Educator with grassroots advocates Collective Shout.

Daniel spoke about what some of the causes can be of shocking online (and real-world) behaviour. He also said it is not just parents and caregivers who need to be better role models for younger people, particularly males.

All of us can strive to show more respect and care for each other.

Listen to the full conversation with Daniel in the player above.