Message from Rector

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St Patrick’s College has received a message from Netsafe about a concerning video that was shared on social media yesterday, and has now been removed from Facebook. The video has been shared on other social media sites and the platforms are actively removing this video.  Regardless of whether students have seen the video or heard about it second-hand, young people may experience emotional distress given the nature of this content.  If your son is anxious, or feeling traumatised it is vital to seek support and help.

If your son is feeling stressed and/or anxious I encourage that either your son or yourself contact your son’s Tutor Teacher or House Leader. We also have Mr. Fouhy, the College Guidance Counsellor, Fr Pat Brophy SM, our College priest and our senior leaders on hand for support. Your son’s health and wellbeing are important to us. Services available to support your son and your whanau include: Help line 1737 either call or text available 24/7 with a trained counsellor and The Low Down on 0800 111 757 or text 5626

As a school, our best advice is to make sure that your sons are supported and have avenues to talk about how this content may be affecting them. If young people are expressing feelings about self-harm or suicide, then this should be followed up with appropriate mental health support.

If students do come across copies of the video being shared, we’d strongly encourage them to report it to the social media site or website that it’s on, and to report it to Netsafe. Where the content is reported to us, we may be able to assist in having the content flagged and addressed more quickly.

The Netsafe page on helping students exposed to upsetting content can help schools navigate conversation with their students and also their Online Safety Parent Toolkit is a wider framework for helping parents navigate online safety with their young people.

Ngā mihi nui

Mike Savali