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ECU helps students work towards solutions to cyber bullying

Tuesday, 22 September 2009


More than 100 high school students from around Western Australia have met with ECU researchers today to work towards putting an end to cyber bullying.

Facilitated by ECU’s Centre for Child Health Promotion Research (CHPRC), the students are part of the Cyber Friendly Student Reference Committee, one of the major commitments to come out of the Cyber Friendly Student Summit held in October 2008.

Members of the Committee will contribute to the design, dissemination and implementation of cyber bullying prevention and early intervention resources that can be used by parents, students and teachers to reduce the harm caused by cyber bullying.

Committee members will be asked to share many of their own thoughts and ideas on how young people, parents and teachers learn and act to prevent cyber bullying.

Professor Donna Cross from the CHPRC said that it is important to involve students in developing solutions to cyber bullying.

“Involving young people in the solution to the problem can help parents and teachers understand the issue from their level,” she said.

Amber Sprunt, committee member and Year 11 student from Seton Catholic College said she was pleased to be involved in working on ways to help her peers, as she has seen the effects of cyber bullying at school first hand.

“It’s great to be able to work with friends and other students at school. By raising awareness, sharing information and working together we can come up with some great ideas,” she said.

“My friends at school are already talking more about it since we introduced activities after the Summit. It’s not something that we’d usually talk about, but now we all know that it is such a big issue, everyone is telling other people too so it’s really good.”

Part of the Cyber Friendly Schools and Families Project, a world first study into cyber bullying prevention conducted by ECU’s CHPRC, the project is funded by the Public Education Endowment Trust and the Telstra Foundation.

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