Queensland parents are waiting with baited breath to find out the extent of changes to be made to schooling and social media to stamp out bullying.
On Monday morning, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk took to social media to outline what her government plans to do about the scourge that has claimed many young lives.
“Nine months ago, I decided to do something about Cyberbullying,” the Premier told her social media followers – in the video below.
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“I got together academics and experts, parents and children and formed the Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce. They travelled the state and listened to people’s stories and even got Ed Sheeran to spread the word,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“I met Tick and Kate Everett… we talked about their daughter Dolly who, at the age of 14, tragically took her own life.
“They don’t want what happened to them to happen to anyone else and neither do I.”
She then goes on to explain how schools will “get better at how they deal with bullies”.
“Parents are going to have a clearer picture about who to call if their child’s a victim and what are the consequences for the bully.
“We’re going to give families all the tech support they need to keep up with their kids.
“And we’re going to target the social media companies to do more to stop this.
“Social media has connected people like never before and for all its good, it has created a minefield of different platforms where anyone can be bullied anytime of the day and night.
“There is no ‘one thing’ we can do to stop cyber bullying. We have to do everything, and we have to do it together.”
The Government’s full response to the Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce report will be revealed a a lunch on Monday.