THREE Gold Coast schools are among 55 in Queensland who are set to benefit from a $750,000 package to tackle cyber-bullying.
The State Government today announced the initiative, which they say is a “specially targeted program designed to keep students safe from the dangers and perils of cyberbullying”.
The initial $750,000 roll-out is backed by a partnership between charities Dolly’s Dream and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the programs are much needed as tragically, cyberbullying is one of the gravest issues facing the world today.
“Cyberbullying enables the troubles young people experience through the day just don’t end at the school gate,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Yes, the internet is a great place for students to learn and socialise. Sadly, however there are so many traps and risks out there just waiting to snare and damage them.
“It’s imperative we teach our school communities about online behaviours, social media and the tools needed to tackle cyberbullying.”
The Premier said there’s been a large mix of both state and non-state schools across the country who have already applied to be part of the initiative.
On the Gold Coast, students from Biggera Waters State School, Helensvale State School and Southport State School are all set to take part.
Education Minister Grace Grace said the state is committed to doing everything it can to help stamp out cyber-bullying.
“This is just one of the ways we can reach all corners of our state and further educate our children that cyberbullying is unacceptable, it’s hurtful and it’s dangerous.”
As part of the new initiative, an officer from the Alannah & Madeline Foundation will also be located in Queensland to ensure schools receive timely support, if and when they need it.