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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Sunday, June 21, 2020

    Tackling cyberbullying number one priority for new Qld school programs

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for Trade
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Sunday, June 21, 2020

    Tackling cyberbullying number one priority for new Qld school programs

    Students in 55 Queensland state and non-state schools will benefit from new specially targeted programs designed to keep them safe from the dangers and perils of cyberbullying.

    The initial $750,000 roll-out is backed by a partnership between the Palaszczuk Government, Dolly’s Dream and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

    The two charities aim to change the culture of bullying in our schools and our community.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said tragically, cyberbullying is one of the gravest issues facing us today.

    “Cyberbullying enables the troubles young people experience through the day just don’t end at the school gate.

     “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.

     “We are working proactively with Dolly’s Dream and the Alannah and Madelaine Foundations to better equip parents and schools,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “It’s imperative we teach our school communities about online behaviours, social media and the tools needed to tackle cyberbullying.

    “That’s exactly what these eSmart programs are all about.

     “It’s encouraging to see such a large mix of state and non-state schools right round Queensland have applied to be part of this latest vital initiative,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    Education Minister Grace Grace said we are committed to doing everything we can to help stamp out this insidious problem in our society and as a community, we’re doing it together.

    “The partnership with Dolly’s Dream and the Alannah & Madeline Foundation is a key feature of the Government’s $3.5 million on-going commitment to implement the recommendations of the Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce.

    “This is just one of the ways we can reach all corners of our state and further educate our children that cyberbullying is unacceptable, it’s hurtful and it’s dangerous.

    “As part of the new initiative, an officer from the Alannah & Madeline Foundation will be located in Queensland to ensure schools receive timely support, if and when they need it.”

    “And there are already a number of cybersafety programs in place across Queensland state schools,” Ms Grace said.

    “As part of our eSmart programs, schools are able to roll out the eSmart Schools Framework, hold workshops for parents and teachers and provide digital licences for individual students,” she said.

    “The value of the programs ranges from $500 to $14,000 depending on each component of the program and the number of students involved,” Ms Grace said.

    CEO of Alannah & Madeline Foundation Lesley Podesta welcomed the opportunity to work with more Queensland schools.

    “We have to do everything we can to make sure children are safe from cyberbullying,” Ms Podesta said.

    “Being able to work with so many Queensland schools gives us the opportunity to educate more students, teachers and parents, and to raise awareness of the potential risks of cyberbullying.”

    The number of cybersafety programs already in place across Queensland state schools are:

    • The Safe and Supportive School Communities Working Group (SSSC) provides advice on bullying, harassment and violence for teachers, parents and students through the Bullying. No Way! Website
    • A specialist Bullying Response team of senior officers are in place to respond immediately to referrals for urgent advice and support to families affected by bullying
    • The SSSC also delivers the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, held in March ever year
    • The Department has a dedicated team of specialists in the Cybersafety and Reputation Management Team (CRMT) to help schools to respond to and prevent inappropriate online behaviour.

    List of participating schools in the eSmart Program:

    School

    Sector

    Biloela State High School

    State

    Gladstone West State School

    State

    Glenden P-12 State School

    State

    St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School, Emerald

    Catholic

    Taranganba State High School

    State

    Toolooa State High School

    State

    Moffatdale State School

    State

    Newtown State School

    State

    Pittsworth State High School

    State

    St Joseph’s School, Stanthorpe

    Catholic

    Wyreema State School

    State

    Bentley Park State College

    State

    Cooktown State School

    State

    Good Counsel College, Innisfail

    Catholic

    Gordonvale State High School

    State

    Kairi State School

    State

    Miallo State School

    State

    Woree State High School

    State

    Aspley State Special School

    State

    Boondall State School

    State

    Brisbane Christian College, Salisbury

    Independent

    Camp Hill Infants and Primary State School

    State

    Immaculate Heart Catholic School, West Ipswich

    Catholic

    Mount Gravatt State School

    State

    Northgate State School

    State

    Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School

    Catholic

    Padua College, Kedron

    Catholic

    Riverview State School

    State

    Springfield Lakes State School

    State

    St Agatha’s Primary School, Clayfield

    Catholic

    St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School, Corinda

    Independent

    St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace

    Catholic

    Whites Hill State College

    State

    Kawungan State School

    State

    Kurwongbah State School

    State

    Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School, Caloundra

    Catholic

    Peregian Beach College

    Independent

    Tullawong State School

    State

    Undurba State School

    State

    Urangan State High School

    State

    Collinsville State High School

    State

    Good Shepherd Catholic College, Mount Isa

    Catholic

    Home Hill State High School

    State

    Ignatius Park College, Townsville

    Catholic

    Ingham State High School

    State

    Kalamia State School

    State

    St John Bosco Catholic School, Collinsville

    Catholic

    St Joseph’s Catholic School, Mundingburra, Townsville

    Catholic

    St Joseph’s Catholic School, The Strand, North Ward, Townsville

    Catholic

    Biggera Waters State School

    State

    Blackall Range Independent School

    Independent

    Helensvale State High School

    State

    Shailer Park State School

    State

    Southport State School

    State

    Springwood Road State School

    State