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ECU leading the way in cyberbullying research

Monday, 12 April 2010


ECU researchers will cement their place as Australian-leaders in cyberbullying prevention when they attend a prestigious European/Australian training school in Melbourne next week.

The nine ECU staff have been chosen via a rigorous selection process to attend the five-day Australian Training School, which will address innovation and sustainability in cyberbullying prevention.

ECU’s Professor Donna Cross, Director of the Child Health Promotion Research Centre (CHPRC), said that with nine out of the total 60 delegates, the University’s contingent is by far the largest of any university in Australia.

“To even be considered for this prestigious training, our staff had to demonstrate their expertise in cyberbullying research,” she said.

Professor Cross added that the depth of talent within ECU’s CHPRC was testament to the University’s commitment to addressing this serious issue.

“It also demonstrates the commitment by ECU staff to developing real solutions, informed by interactions with young people, parents, schools and government.

“In the last six years the Centre has grown from a team of 11, to the current group of 41,” Professor Cross said.

“As well as expertise and research depth in cyberbullying prevention, we also have quality research being undertaken in a variety of complementary areas, related to the resulting mental health problems, the experience of indigenous students, harm minimisation, and the effects of bullying on bystanders.

The Training School is a joint venture between the European Cooperation in Science and Technology and the Australian Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, and will encourage discussion and sharing of ideas and techniques to enhance the amount of research and subsequent evidence addressing ways to enhance policy and practice to reduce cyberbullying among young people.

Along with Professor Cross, the ECU delegates are: Dr Debora Brown, Dr Julian Dooley, Mr Mitch Read, Ms Dionne Paki, Ms Helen Monks, Ms Kate Hadwen, Ms Laura Thomas, Ms Natasha Pearce and Ms Stacey Waters.



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