Australia: Scheme aims to pull plug on cyber bullying


ABC News
A new project will begin in Australian schools to try to stem the emergence of cyber bullying. The Federal Government says covert bullying in schools is under-reported. The Government says it is becoming more widespread as bullies use emerging technologies such as social networking sites. Education Minister Julia Gillard has announced 150 schools in urban, rural and remote parts of the country will be involved in a pilot to look at how to respond to incidents.

“The thing about cyber bullying of course is it follows you home,” she said. “For kids it feels like there’s no safe space, they can get you at home through new technology. We need to find a way of dealing with this.”

The pilot will run to the end of April next year and will be conducted by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation for preventing child violence. Full story.

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