NFL star Jarryd Hayne speaks about cyberbullying in Australia

Aussie NFL star Jarryd Hayne returned to his old primary school, John Warby Public School, with a presentation about online safety and cyberbullying.

Hayne spoke about bullying experiences he has had in the past and how they contrast with today’s bullying.

“When I was a student, bullying happened mostly on the school playground but today it can occur anytime of the day and anywhere. People can say hurtful things online and once they press that ‘enter’ button, it can’t be taken back,” said Hayne. “The effects of harsh words can be damaging. Cyberbullying can make kids feel isolated, insecure, and depressed. Those feelings can have a long lasting impact on a child’s mental wellbeing.”

Hayne also spoke on the importance of education about cyberbullying.

“With one in three children impacted by cyberbullying in Australia, awareness and education for young people on this issue is essential,” said Hayne. “Some kids may not know cyberbullying by its name but many will know what it looks and feels like.”

Assistant Principal Andrew Lord made a commitment to further education on the matter.

“Online safety is a major focus within NSW Public Schools currently. Equipping students with the skills to be responsible, discerning and positive digital citizens is something that all the staff at John Warby emphasise continually,” said Lord. “To have such a positive role model, like Jarryd, reinforce that message is a really powerful learning tool for our students and school community.”

Hayne’s presentation comes ahead of the sixth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence on the 18th of March.

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