Tuesday, 22 September 2009
More than 100 high school students from around Western Australia have met today to work towards putting an end to cyber bullying.
The students will form the Cyber Friendly Student Reference Committee, one of the major commitments to come out of the Cyber Friendly Student Summit held in October 2008, which brought together students together to share stories and offer solutions to the growing issue of cyber bullying.
Amber Sprunt, Year 11 committee member and 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 the Child Health Promotion Research Centre at Edith Cowan University (ECU), the project is funded by the Public Education Endowment Trust and the Telstra Foundation.
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 contribute 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 ECU's Child Health Promotion Research Centre 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.
"Members of the Cyber Friendly Student Reference Committee have the opportunity to work with us to make a real impact on preventing cyber bullying," she said.
For more information about the Cyber Friendly Student Reference Committee or the Cyber Friendly Schools and Families Project please contact Sarah Falconer, Project Co-ordinator on 9370 6686 or Dr Debora Brown, Project Director on 9370 6383.
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