New QLD School Programs to Tackle Cyberbullying


Governments and schools should protect children from violence and bullying, according to a new report by the Australian Institute of Public Health (AIPH) released earlier this year. It stresses the importance of recognizing cyberbullying as a behavioral problem, not a technological problem, and of providing staff to prevent it. Cyberbullying should also be considered when used in conjunction with other forms of violence such as physical violence or sexual harassment.


The Queensland government has also provided a toolkit for parents to tackle bullying, identifying forms of bullying, and raising parental awareness. Victorian government anti-bullying guidelines have been introduced into schools to provide schools with advice on strategies to prevent bullying. The paper also examines whether policies on bullying or cyberbullying are involved in their development, as developed in the education department. 

The study examines the role of professionals involved in policy-making, such as teachers, administrators, teachers “associations, school administrations, and teachers” unions. 

The aim is to determine how bullying and cyberbullying are defined by relative jurisdictions, what strategies are developed, what prevention and intervention recommendations are given to schools, and what content is considered essential to current policies. EndCyber-bullying campaigns have been designed to empower Queensland students to witness cyber-bullying and educate them about ways to act. Queensland secondary school students have helped shape the # end cyberbullying campaign and are featured in a campaign video. 

The End Cyberbullying campaign has been launched and is being used to engage Queensland teenagers on social media on this important issue. 

Three follow-up videos were released to encourage further discussion and action against cyberbullying. The End Cyberbullies Campaign and released three follow-up videos to the video below, which sparked continued discussions and action on cyberbullying. 

In Arizona, the Cyberbullying Act covers harassment, intimidation and bullying on school premises and requires school districts to put in place procedures to combat intimidation, bullying, and harassment by technology. In Illinois, cyberbullying is a form of bullying that harms a student’s mental health, impairs school performance, or prevents the victim from benefiting from school services and activities. 

Connecticut – Connecticut law defines cyberbullying as any act of bullying that occurs through the use of a computer or other electronic means of communication such as email, text messages, or social media. Check out the following information on the Connecticut Department of Education website for more information on cyberbullying. 

Stalking is a crime when you repeatedly call someone to harm or frighten them or repeatedly call them without intent. Every school in the NT must have an anti-bullying plan to deal with bullying and cyberbullying. You can ask your school about their anti-bullying plan (sometimes referred to as a well-being and conduct policy or code of conduct) and see what they are doing to prevent bullying. 

The last question I have for Bill is whether parents can take responsibility for the bullying their children are experiencing. Don’t leave them alone to deal with bullying by encouraging them to make in-kind contributions. To become aware of what bullying is and isn’t, visit the Bullying Way resource on the NT Department of Education website. 

This has been a hot topic this year, as the media has made public the number of children who have been bullied and taken their own lives in recent years. Of those who fell victim to cyberbullying in 2016, this was the largest percentage reported since the organization began tracking cyberbullying a decade ago. 

This shows that, while cyberbullying is an important issue, we need to recognize that this behavior also takes place in the personal sphere. Given the growing problem, it is important for students, parents and educators to understand what can be done to prevent it. This guide takes a holistic view of the issue and provides information on how students can protect themselves and what measures can be taken to combat cyberbullying. 

Dr Holly Erskine, QCMHR, said bullying was widespread worldwide and across all age groups and could persist into adulthood. As part of their work, Dr. Erksine and her colleagues have recognized bullying as an official risk factor for depression and anxiety in the Global Burden of Disease Study. 

In February 2018, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk appointed the Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce to develop a framework to tackle cyberbullying of children and young people in Queensland and recommend community and state action. The task of the Task Force is to develop a framework against cyberbullying for Queensland covering all aspects of cyberbullying affecting young people across Queensland and to advise the government on the development of programs within the framework. 

The Task Force will work with children, parents, schools, communities, and experts, drawing on best practices and research to identify community-based strategies and initiatives to tackle the complex causes of bullying and cyberbullying. One of the outcomes of this review is, in particular, to develop and implement a framework that brings together experts for children, parents, schools, and communities to address cyberbullying. 



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