State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has urged the Sunshine Coast community to have their say at the upcoming Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce public forum which will be held on Monday, 21st May at 6pm at the Lake Kawana Community Centre.
It comes as the Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce (the Taskforce) have announced 12 forums being held across Queensland so local residents can provide their ideas on how best to tackle cyberbullying as a community.
“The Taskforce needs vital input from parents, students, schools and community groups who have witnessed or experienced the devastating impact of cyberbullying,” Mr McArdle said.
“It is a changing world. For better or worse our society is increasingly connected through social media but it is essential that we give our children and grandchildren the skills and tools to navigate social media as safely as they do in this world.
“Our country was devastated by the tragic loss of Dolly Everett who took her own life in January after enduring years of bullying, but sadly this is only one of so many similar stories.
“No parent, no family, should ever have to lose a child this way. We must come together as a community and find real solutions to a problem that will soon develop beyond our reach.
“If you can’t make it to my event, you can put your ideas on what we could do in writing.
“Submissions can be emailed to the Taskforce at firstname.lastname@example.org or provided on the website at https://campaigns.premiers.qld.gov.au/antibullying/taskforce/”
Following consultation, the Taskforce will recommend an anti-cyberbullying framework to the Premier by 31 August 2018, along with suggested community and government actions.
The Taskforce website can be found at qld.gov.au/cyberbullyingtaskforce
The event will be held on Monday 21 May from 6pm – 7.30pm at the Lake Kawana Community Centre, Hall 3, 114 Sportsmans Pde, Bokarina.