New sexting laws for Victoria

The Herald Sun is reporting that:

ELECTRONICALLY sharing sexually explicit images of another person without their consent – also known as sexting – will become illegal in Victoria.

The government tabled its response to an inquiry into sexting in parliament on Tuesday and the legislation will also ensure youths found sexting do not end up facing child pornography charges.

Legislation will be introduced into Victorian Parliament in 2014, with penalties to be decided then.

The Herald Sun have also promoted the Australian Federal Police video warning young adults of the dangers of sexting.

Footballer suspended over umpire Twitter rant

Today the Herald Sun is reporting that a Victorian footballer has been suspended over public tweets criticising umpires. Although the footballer, Noble Park player George Angelopoulos, says that his account was used by someone else, the Eastern Football League still suspended him for two games. The Herald Sun explains:

 In a league first, the EFL hit the dual Noble Park premiership player with the two-match ban for social-media misdemeanour, having previously slapped clubs and players with only fines and suspended sentences.

EFL chief executive Rob Sharpe said the board considered the tweet “unbecoming of a member of the league”.

Although we can’t comment on Angelopoulos’s defence, this is yet another example of how posts on social media can affect us in day-today life. As always, think before you post.

Turn off and tune out

On Monday the Herald Sun reported Lifeline Australia patron John Brogden‘s message for anyone victim of bullying via social media.

Turn off and tune out….victims of cyber-bullying should simply step away from their screens.

The Herald Sun explains:

The one-time politician, who tried to take his own life amid intense media scrutiny in 2005, is now a suicide prevention advocate.

“People do not have the right just to get on and, in a disgusting fashion, vomit words of hate over a tweet,” Mr Brogden told reporters in Sydney.

“The mere fact that you see someone on television or playing footy doesn’t mean you’ve got the right to get on Twitter and attack them.”

* Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

There are many opinions now about how to deal with unwanted messages received via social media. If in doubt, or you need support, there are many avenues, some of which are listed here.