Putting cyberbullying offside

The Brisbane Warrigal Dingoes Association combined art with sport to share a powerful anti-cyberbullying message with young players at the recent Australian Indigenous Football Championships Youth Tournament.

Prior to the tournament, the association held a half-day activity for more than 100 young soccer players, with an Indigenous police officer and Indigenous artist sharing Indigenous stories and designing artwork around the theme of putting cyberbullying 'offside'. 

Young soccer players wore the anti-cyberbullying soccer jerseys at the Australian Indigenous Football Championships Youth Tournament in November 2019.

Young soccer players wore the anti-cyberbullying soccer jerseys at the Australian Indigenous Football Championships Youth Tournament in November 2019.

The artwork was printed on more than 200 shirts worn by players and referees at the Australian Indigenous Football Tournament held from 7 to 9 November 2019.

The project made an impact on the young players through the power of the Indigenous stories told about bullying, cyberbullying and family connections, and through their discussion with other players during the tournament about their experience of cyberbullying.