Funds for cy­ber­bul­ly­ing pro­grams

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

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.”

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