Navigating the ups and downs of social media: Read a review of More Than A Kick by Tayla Harris

Navigating the ups and downs of social media: Read a review of More Than A Kick by Tayla Harris

A striking photo of Tayla in full flight, doing her job as a WAFL player executing a marvellous kick, made media headlines. It showed a young, strong woman with incredible athletic ability, focussed intently on the goal. Most of us have seen this photo and will remember the story, even if you don’t know her name. The immediate reaction to the iconic photo was overwhelmingly positive, but soon the trolls and cyberbullies started their vicious attacks.

Tayla decided that she would stand up to them and fight for more responsible media management. Tayla is not someone to shy away from a fight!  As the Australian super welterweight boxing champion and the Australian middleweight boxing champion she knows that strength and stamina are the key to victory. Tayla is also a superstar player for Carlton in the Australian Women’s Football League. And she plays in the ruck, which for the uninitiated means she is not averse to standing her ground and flying high.

Standing her ground and flying high are two things that Tayla absolutely did when she became the victim of sustained online sexual harassment. It wasn’t a pleasant journey, but Tayla drew on her moral strength and used her network of contacts for professional help and advice. Her actions drew support from a multitude of people and organisations, forcing change and challenging casual acceptance of online sexual harassment.

There’s more to Tayla’s story than just “the kick” though, and we get to see behind the scenes of Tayla’s rise from a young girl playing on an all-boy team to become a professional athlete in two different fields. There are plenty of photos (as you’d expect from someone who lives in the land of Instagram) including dogs, party dresses, fluffy chicks, trackpants, friends, family and of course, “the kick”. Information is cleverly broken into coloured boxes and other devices to make reading easy and fun.

Tayla Harris never thought she would write a book, or become a champion for anything like online harassment, but circumstances showed her a path she felt compelled to follow. This is an uplifting story of courage and moral conviction written by a young lady with a positive outlook and a purposeful approach to her life. As a high profile sportsperson she understands that she is a role model to many, and she takes that responsibility seriously.

This book is aimed at 12 to 18-year-old readers, but is also very useful for parents and grandparents as it contains tools for them as well, including what questions to ask and how to support a young person from the sidelines.

 

 

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    Synopsis

    AFLW player Tayla Harris was at work on the footy field when she kicked a goal. A photo of the kick - taken by Michael Willson - showcased her incredible athletic ability and was posted online. What happened next was an extraordinary turning point in Tayla's life. The photo quickly became iconic as Tayla stood strong against the online trolls. This is the inspiring story of Tayla's stellar sporting career so far, and her hard-earned advice to young people navigating the ups and downs of social media.'Tayla is showing young women that you can wear glitzy gowns and rock stilettos, and you can also be a hardcore athlete who sweats and spits and kicks the footy, as well as a total dag in trackydacks with food-stains on your front.' - Patty Kinnersly, CEO of Our Watch'The best way to show them is to show them up.' - Warren Harris (Tayla's dad)
    Tayla Harris
    About the author

    Tayla Harris

    Tayla Harris is an AFLW player for the Carlton Football Club. She previously played for Brisbane in the inaugural AFL Women's season in 2017. She received All Australian honours two years in a row, as well as winning Mark of the Year in season 2018. She is also a professional boxer. In March 2019 Tayla was subjected to extreme online trolling when a photo showing her kicking for goal was posted to social media. She has been lauded for how she navigated the social and mainstream media storm that followed and is proud to use her platform to speak out about the issue, raising awareness around trolls and online bullying, calling out unacceptable behaviour online and inspiring young women.

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