The Queensland Government has partnered with YouTube in the hope to tackle the issue of cyber bullying.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visited the Los Angeles YouTube Space Hub where she secured the global online video sharing platform’s cooperation with her new Anti-Cyber Bullying Task Force.
The Premier said that by working with YouTube and its “influential creators”, she hopes we can “develop original content to support vulnerable young Queenslanders” and “equip them with the tools to combat harassment and peer pressure.”
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“If we are going to tackle cyber bullying, we need a multi-layered approach that brings the anti-bullying message out of the classroom and onto the digital platforms young people are increasingly engaging with,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“We know Australians – particularly young Australians – are increasingly turning to YouTube for entertainment, tutorials and news.”
Ms Palaszczuk is also pushing for a YouTube space hub of our own here in Queensland, which would be the first in Australia.
“I am keen to see more young Queenslanders creating content for a worldwide audience with a YouTube Space of our own,” she said.
There are currently nine established YouTube Spaces in cities across the world including Berlin, London, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Rio, Tokyo and Toronto.
To date, five Queensland creators who have over 1.1 million YouTube subscribers between them, have previously visited the YouTube Space Hub in Los Angeles as part of the three-year Create Queensland Program launched by the Palaszczuk Government in 2015.
The Create Queensland partnership with YouTube was the first of its kind for an Australian state government.