There is nothing to like about violence.

There is
nothing to
like about
violence.

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No Voice to Violence

None of us like to see someone getting hurt. And no one wants to add to their pain. Unfortunately, when fights are uploaded and shared online, it makes things worse and fuels more violence. You can also get into trouble with the law for participation in violence.

How does sharing and liking make it worse?

  • More people see what happened – which can be embarrassing.
  • Friends and family also see the fight.
  • It is a permanent reminder of the fight.
  • They are linked to the fight forever.
  • Some find it hard to go to school and concentrate in class.
  • Some are afraid they will be hurt again.
  • Some lose interest in socialising and having fun.

Any involvement in violence is illegal

Even if you are under the age of 18 you can still get in trouble with the law for being involved in a fight. This includes fighting someone, or for helping or encouraging someone to fight another person. The punishment will depend on how serious the charge is, if there is a criminal record, and other personal circumstances.

You can get in trouble with the law if you:

  • Organise a fight.
  • Stop the victim from getting away or from leaving the assault.
  • Shout out words of encouragement. For example: yell out words like “go on, hit them.”
  • Film a young person fighting.
  • Post or share a video of a young person in a fight on social media.
  • Keep a video of a fight involving a young person that was sent to you, whether you asked for the footage or not.
  • Ask someone to send you a video of a fight involving a young person.

For more information on what can happen if you get involved, go to Legal Aid WA

Fight video on a mobile phone

How sharing and liking fights fuels violence

How sharing and liking fights fuels violence

  • It gives violence a voice – giving it power.
  • It rewards those filming by giving them an audience.
  • It encourages those who bully to be violent.
  • It makes fighting seem normal and accepted.
  • It gives those fighting attention and status – which spurs them on.

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  • Five thousand people 'liked' a video of my friend getting beaten up at school.

  • My mate hasn't been the same since the fight. He doesn't want to hang out anymore and never seems happy.

  • I had no idea sharing a fight caused so much grief. Next time I'll just scroll past.

  • I didn't fight, I only laughed and told them to smash her. I didn't know that was illegal.

  • I stopped him from running away. Now the police want to speak to me.

How should I deal with fight videos?

How should I deal with fight videos?

  • Scroll past them.
  • Don't share them with friends.
  • Report them as inappropriate.
  • Tell friends sharing is illegal.

Need someone to talk to?

Need someone to talk to?

If you find this topic upsetting or worrying and need someone to talk to, or if you've been involved in something and unsure what to do, you can contact a number of confidential and supportive services.


Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800

kidshelpline.com.au

Headspace

1800 650 890

headspace.org.au

Legal Aid WA

1300 650 579

legalaid.wa.gov.au

 

If you see violent content and would like to report it or get help to remove it, you can contact: eSafety Commissioner

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