THE Queensland Government will spend half-a-million dollars to help young people and community groups tackle the scourge of cyberbullying.
The money will be divided up into grants of $500 and $1500 and is part of the state government’s $3.5 million commitment to protect children online.
Minister for Youth Di Farmer said while bullying of any kind can have a terrible affect on our children, cyberbullying is especially damaging.
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“Importantly, what these grants will do is give young people a voice, and position them to be part of the solution,” she said. “Young people talk to each other, and they listen to each other.”
“When young people take a stand against cyberbullying, and take on that leadership role among their peers, they can have an immense influence for positive change.
Ms Farmer said the grants program was in direct response to last year’s Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce Report.
“This Taskforce was led by Chair Madonna King, and I’m pleased to say my department is leading four of the 29 report recommendations,” she said.
“The report emphasised how important education and awareness of cyberbullying is for parents, carers, and young people, and the community to recognise what cyberbullying actually is, the harm it can cause, and most importantly how we can all help.
“It’s also important that young people especially are part of educating and raising awareness, which is why we’re offering grants of $500 to $1,500 specifically to young people.”
The 2019 grants opened yesterday and will remain open until 23 June 2019. For full details on how to apply, click here.