Stop the bul­ly­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

Q U E E N S L A N D E d u - cation Min­is­ter Cameron Dick has re­flected on his first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence of school­yard taunts at the launch of a na­tional an­tibul­ly­ing cam­paign.

‘ ‘ Wit h a n a me l i k e mine, I’ve got some ex­pe­ri­ence about what hap­pens in the school­yard,’’ Mr Dick said.

He said while he was not phys­i­cally bul­lied, he still suf­fered as a stu­dent.

T h e n a t i o n a l s a f e schools f rame­work i s based on a Queens­land model and is the first such na­tional cam­paign against bul­ly­ing in the world.

Fed­eral Ed­u­ca­tion Min- is­ter Peter Gar­rett said one in five chil­dren ex­pe­ri­ence some form of bul­ly­ing from ‘‘ new med i a ’ ’ s uch a s mo­bile phones and com­put­ers.

‘ ‘ Right around Aus­tralia school com­mu­ni­ties will be tak­ing a stand against bul­ly­ing in all its forms, whether it’s in the school­room or whether it’s on­line,’’ he said.

Y e a r 7 s t u d e n t s a t MacGre­gor State School, the first in Aus­tralia to take part in a new on­line sur­vey on cy­ber safety, g u i d e d M r G a r r e t t through the ques­tion­naire, avail­able on­line at w w w . a p h . g o v . a u / cy­ber­safety.

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