Queensland parents and students are being urged to contribute their ideas and share their experiences about cyberbullying at public forums being held across the state in May.
Queensland’s Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce is holding 11 community forums, from Cairns to the Gold Coast, to hear what community members believe should be done to prevent or reduce cyberbullying of young people and to support those affected.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk recently told State Parliament that cyberbullying impacted thousands of young people.
“My message to all parents out there is that we are on your side. We want to help tackle these issues.
“The best advice that I have heard is from very experienced teachers, who say that parents need to talk to their children. Sit down with them and ask them flat out, ‘Are you being bullied or do you know someone who is bullying?’
“We need to make sure that these conversations happen; that is the first step. If you are a victim of bullying, know that we are on your side as well.”
The taskforce will draw on the submissions and stories it receives from experts and the public to develop a statewide anti-cyberbullying framework and make recommendations on practical programs.
Parents and students can contribute their views by making an online submission to the taskforce or by attending a public forum | LEARN MORE
There are a wealth of resources for schools and families to draw on to support them in responding to and dealing with bullying:
- Lifeline – phone 13 11 13
- Kids Helpline – phone 1800 551 800 for free and confidential counselling for young people aged 5-25
- Parentline – phone 1300 301 300 for support, counselling and parent education
- Office of the eSafety Commissioner investigates complaints about cyberbullying
- Office of the eSafety Commissioner iParent Portal
- Information and resources for students, parents and teachers about bullying can also be found on Bullying, No Way!
Facebook has also put together resources for educators to support them in dealing with bullying | READ MORE