A Queensland task force into cyberbullying has issued 29 recommendations.Queensland schools should get more tools to deal with cyberbullying and social media companies should be lobbied to do more to prevent it, a new report says.
A task force set up by the state government to look into the issue has made 29 recommendations in a report to be released Monday and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Sunday indicated she would accept all of them.
Ms Palaszczuk did not release the full list of recommendations but announced she would roll out anti-bullying programs to all schools in Queensland as soon as possible in line with one of the recommendations.
“We are going to put in place very clear guidelines about how they should be dealt with,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
The premier said she would also push to put the issue on the federal agenda at the next Council of n Governments meeting in December, saying cyberbullying is a big issue that needs a big response.
Ms Palaszczuk admits while some of the recommendations could be implemented quickly, some would take years, which was why it was important to get the ball rolling as soon as possible.
Queensland’s Liberal National Party Opposition has offered bipartisan support for any measures the government put forward.
“We’ve been involved with this process right from the very beginning, it’s been a good process with many forums conducted across the state so we look forward to the implementation of these recommendations and we ask that be done as quickly as possible,” Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mander said on Sunday.
Journalist Madonna King has been heading up a 14-member task force that also includes child psychologists, educators and academics in putting together the report.
The investigation was sparked by the death of 14-year-old Northern Territory teen Dolly Everett, who took her own life in January this year after being bullied online.