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State-Wide Cyberbullying Survey Announced In Australia

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the state-wide survey, after writing to the Australian Prime Minister following the recent tragic death of bullied Northern Territory teen Amy 'Dolly' Everrett. If you are affected by cyberbullying or online abuse, follow the links throughout the article to access our help and support services.

A state-wide survey has been announced in Australia by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, following a national push to address the increasing problem of cyberbullying and its effects on children.

The survey, will be the focus of a new Youth Advisory Council, and will publish the findings between March and June of this year – giving citizens of Queensland an opportunity to share their thoughts on cyberbullying and other important issues such as youth empowerment, mental health, youth suicide and more.

“Australia has been dealing with a heavy share of cyberbullying related tragedies for some time. It is encouraging to see proactive measures being taken to better understand the problem, and in turn – find effective solutions.”

Iain Alexander, Head Of Engagement , The Cybersmile Foundation

With more than 800,000 students returning to school next week in Queensland, the Education Minister will also be briefed on the preparations for the survey, which will provide parents an opportunity to weigh in on the issues at stake.

“The issue of cyberbullying will be a focus, as will other issues including youth empowerment, out of home care, mental health, youth suicide and disability issues.”

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland Premier

There have recently been several high profile cyberbullying cases in Australia, including the tragic death of 14-year-old Amy Everett, who committed suicide after receiving online abuse Рwhich has led to increased public concern about the effects harassment and online bullying is having on people’s wellbeing.

If you are affected by any kind of online abuse or bullying, we can help. Visit our Cyberbullying and Digital Abuse Help Center or find out the various ways we can help you through our Total Access Support service. For further information about Cybersmile and the work we do, please explore the recommendations below.

Share your thoughts with us about the survey, tweet us @CybersmileHQ.