The eSafety Commissioner is aware of distressing reports about a video circulating social media platforms. eSafety has contacted social media companies about the reports and will continue working with them to monitor the situation.
Please refer to the advice below.
- It would be advisable for parents/ guardians to keep their children off social media for the next couple of days.
- We are encouraging people who encounter this content to report it to the social media platform they’ve seen it on, or to eSafety at www.esafety.gov.au/report/illegal-harmful-content.
- Please exercise discretion in any communication about this incident to students. In particular, we would encourage avoiding raising the issue with students who may not have heard or been exposed to this video. Drawing undue attention to the issue may cause unnecessary worry or distress and increase exposure.
- Staff will monitor those students who are more vulnerable and at-risk, and check in with them about their interactions on and offline. If a young person is presenting with signs of distress, schools the school will follow our own procedures for managing and supporting students at risk.
- If a life is in danger call Triple Zero (000) right now.
- Please encourage anyone who may be at risk or experiencing emotional distress, including worried family and friends, to contact one of the following services:
- Kids Helpline. 1800 55 1800. Phone support is there all day, every day. Online support is open from 8am-midnight every day (AEST).
- Suicide Callback Service. 1300 659 467.Phone support all day, every day, and follow-up calls.
- eHeadspace. 1800 650 890. Open 9am-1am daily (AEST).
- Lifeline. 13 11 14.Phone support all day, every day. Online support 7pm-4am daily (AEST).
- Beyondblue. 1300 22 4636.Phone support all day, every day. Online support 3pm-midnight every day.
Please note the advice to not draw attention to this content and result in students going online to seek it out.
**Trigger warning, this post discusses suicide**
[A suicide has recently been recorded on Facebook Live and you might be hearing about it on your feeds]. It has now worked its way into TikTok, 4chan, Instagram and other social media feeds that our kids are using. The video is horrific and is being hidden behind other content.**Please DO NOT ask the kids if they have seen it; they will go looking for it.
If students/your children come to you saying that they have viewed it, we have the following advice:
- Stay calm, don’t overreact. This isn’t about you (sorry!).
- Contact the social media platform(s) to report the video (they are all trying hard to contain it as we speak).
- Applaud them for having the courage to start this conversation with you and let them talk about what they have seen. It’s not a good idea to watch the video yourself or ask your child/the student to show you the video, no matter how curious you are. I’ll say again, that it is horrific; you can’t unsee it.
- Add to this, a popular Tiktok Teen died by suicide yesterday. His name is Ethanissupreme, we already know that people are very upset about this.
- Some other questions you can ask them are:
- Sometimes people feel very down, sad, or hopeless. What can we do to let people know that they aren’t alone and that we care?
- Who can you talk to if you feel sad or hopeless?
- What can you do if you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable?