Learning to stand tall

Caitlin Bassett with students Jerome Baptiste, Olivia Howell, Kobi Richards, Sarah Dec, Olivia Harrison and Ocean Reef Telstra store manager Martin Stamp.
Caitlin Bassett with students Jerome Baptiste, Olivia Howell, Kobi Richards, Sarah Dec, Olivia Harrison and Ocean Reef Telstra store manager Martin Stamp.

The Australian Diamonds player is in her 11th season with the Fever and also visits schools as part of her Standing Tall initiative to teach children to be smart online.

Bassett, who is 193cm tall and said she had been bullied because of her height, encourages students, such as those she visited earlier this year at St Simon Peter Catholic Primary School in Ocean Reef, to stand up to bullying.

�I was bullied due to my height and ironically it�s my height that has meant I�ve achieved success as a netballer,� she said.

�I believe self-confidence is the first step to success and it�s really important that kids in years 6 and 7 are taught how to cope with challenges that life throws at them.

�A lot of kids don�t realise they are putting themselves at risk by using certain apps and social media sites and allowing as many people as possible to view their information.

�The internet and social media is the way of the future and we need to give young people the tools to be safe to make the most of everything the internet offers and learn how to stand up and protect themselves online, just as they do in the real world.�

ONLINE TIPS FOR TEENS

1 Protect your personal information. Turn up privacy settings, use strong passwords, change them regularly and don�t share them.

2 Think before you click � think about content and the consequences of posting it.

3 Remember your phone doesn�t rule your life. Have some screen-free time each day and turn off devices at bedtime.

4 Treat others as you�d like to be treated online.

5 Talk to an adult you trust if you or someone you know is being cyber-bullied or you see something online that upsets you.