The Australian men’s cricket team has teamed up with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation this Boxing Day Test to take the #PledgeNotToSledgeOnline and raise awareness and funds to tackle the devastation of online bullying in Australia.
The Foundation’s research shows that kids who are bullied can suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health issues; some may even drop out of school. The effects can last for decades.
Australian cricketers Josh Hazlewood, Steve Smith, Pat Cummins and Tim Paine have all taken the #PledgeNotToSledgeOnline to stamp out cyber bullying and encourage all Australians to follow suit.
Cricket Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Roberts, said it’s unacceptable that one in five young Australians report being cyber bullied.
“That’s why we’re partnering with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation at the Boxing Day Test Match to raise awareness and funds to stamp out cyber bullying,” Roberts said.
“Words can hurt, and we know they can do life-long damage so Cricket Australia is encouraging the community to join us by taking the pledge and not to sledge online and donate to the life-changing work of the Foundation.”
Australian cricketer, Josh Hazlewood said that being cyber bullied is unfortunately part of the territory with being a player.
“I’ve seen a lot of players affected by cyber bullying – who aren’t having the best time on the field and aren’t scoring the runs or wickets they would like – with people online expressing their own opinions and a lot of the time it’s not positive.
“My advice to kids being bullied online is to only trust the words of the people you trust, such as your family, friends or team mates.”
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s CEO, Lesley Podesta said this year’s Boxing Day Test is an ideal time to raise awareness and have a conversation about online bullying.
“With the help and partnership of Cricket Australia, we are working together to encourage better online behaviours. No one should feel unsafe. Together, we can create a safer and kinder world for our children."
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