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QLD will fund cyber-bullying program in schools


By Juliano Oliveira

The Queensland Government will fund a $1 million cyber-bullying program in schools in the state as part of an initiative to assist families and teachers.

All institutions in the region are able to be part of the program despite the government focus is on rural and regional schools.

Dolly’s Dream and the Alannah & Madeline Foundation are involved with the cybersafety project.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the partnership was a key component of the government’s $3.5 million commitment to implement the recommendations of the Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce.

“We want to see responsible and capable school students who are safe from bullying, cyberbullying and violence and understand how their actions can impact others.”

Principals, teachers, students and parents will be provided with workshops and one-on-one support. Minister for Education Grace Grace said parents and teachers know only too well that while the internet is great for learning and socialising but that there are also some dark places and inappropriate content that is all too easy for children to stumble across.

“The eSmart Schools Program aims to equip young people with knowledge and skills so that they are wary of the pitfalls, know how to behave appropriately online, and can get help should they need it.”

Ms Grace said $550,000 would be made valuable directly to schools through individual grants of $5,500 each.

“The Palaszczuk Government is also investing $450,000 to implement the Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s eSmart Schools Program in Queensland schools, while Dolly’s Dream Foundation is contributing a further $300,000.”

More information on the programs that are available to schools and how to apply is available on the Department of Education website. Applications close on 15 March 2020.

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