Funds for cyberbullying programs
ST Joseph’s School will be one of 55 schools across the state to benefit from cyber-bullying programs designed to create awareness of the dangers of the internet.
The initial $750,000 rollout will be funded by the State Government, partnering with Dolly’s Dream and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, two charities that aim to change the culture of bullying in schools and communities.
The long-term change program is designed to educate, track, monitor and prevent bullying and cyber-bullying.
St Joseph’s School principal Andrew Kendall said online safety had always been a priority for his team.
“We consider access to technology an essential to learning and all students have access to various school devices and, for many, access to private devices,” Mr Kendall said.
“We are very grateful for the opportunity to access the program and receive funding for the implementation of the program.
“It will add to the overall online safety of our students.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said cyber-bullying was one of the biggest issues facing society today.
“Cyber-bullying enables the troubles young people experience through the day that 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 cyber-bullying.”