Call for action on school bullying
LABOR has repeated its call for social and emotional learning programs to be rolled out in Tasmanian schools, while criticising the Government for not committing to its promise to make cyber-bullying a crime.
Labor yesterday pledged to introduce a SEL program for Tasmanian schools, three years after it was first flagged.
The program is aimed at helping address trauma and schoolyard bullying.
Opposition education spokeswoman Michelle O’Byrne said the Government had failed to deliver on curbing cyber-bullying and improving social and emotional health in Tasmanian schools.
“Despite its promises, the Liberal party has been too slow to act on these issues,” Ms O’Byrne said.
“As leaders, we need to make sure there is appropriate support in schools for students.” A report in the Mercury’s
magazine yesterday said bullying among Tasmanian Year 7 and Year 8 students was among the worst in the country.
Minister for Education Jeremy Rockliff said the Government was progressing changes to laws that would make cyberbullying a crime, as well as working to address bullying in schools.
“We are investing $3 million over four years to combat bullying and cyber-bullying in all Tasmanian Government schools,” he said.
“We have also partnered with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation to implement evidence-based strategies and approaches to anti-cyber bullying in schools. The clear message to our students in our classrooms is that bullying and violence, in or outside of school, is never OK.”