Standing up for Canberra

Canberra community gets behind No Bullying message

Bullying has been dealt another blow with the Gillard Government launching a new website and mobile app today as part of the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, said the Bullying No Way! website and the Take A Stand Together mobile app would help local students and parents address bullying in schools.

“Bullying is a serious issue, which not only impacts kids when they are at school, but can affect them long into adulthood,” said Ms Brodtmann.

“Research by Edith Cowan University, which looked at students between Year 4 and Year 9, revealed that around 10 per cent of school students are bullied most days.

“Any initiative that can help combat bullying is important and I hope this new website and mobile app will help children and parents deal with bullying if they are confronted with it.”

One in six students is bullied weekly, and one in four students is bullied at least once over a period of a few weeks. Cyberbullying is also an increasing problem, with most kids having access to handheld mobile devices and regularly interacting with social media.

“This covert form of bullying presents us with a range of new challenges, but we are committed to working with parents, students and schools to tackle the important issue.

“That’s why the Gillard Government has committed $125.8 million over four years to develop a Cybersafety Plan.

“Confident, happy, resilient children do better at school, and are more likely to lead happy and positive lifestyles. That’s why we need to tackle bullying head-on,” said Ms Brodtmann.

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