Tasmania stepping up action on bullying in schools

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Media Release - Friday 17 March, 2017

On the seventh National Day of Action Against Bullying, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation has congratulated the Tasmanian Government on its commitment to addressing bullying in schools.

Today the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Training, Jeremy Rockliff has announced the first 23 schools to benefit from the Foundation’s eSmart Schools program.

Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO, Lesley Podesta joined the Deputy Premier at Port Sorell Primary School for the announcement.

“On the National Day of Action Against Bullying this announcement is very welcome,” said Ms Podesta.

“Teachers, parents and especially children understand just how devastating bullying can be.”

“Whether it is physical, psychological or online harassment bullying is never ok.”

Ms Podesta said it was disappointing that some people still very much see bullying as a part of growing up for children.

“The truth is the effects of bullying can last a lifetime,” said Ms Podesta.

“Bullying should never be accepted as a rite of passage or a part of growing up.”

“The cost – to individuals, to families, to our health system – is just too high.”

According to the latest research, 1 in 5 children reported being bullied in the past 12 months and 1 in 7 children reported being cyber bullied.

“Today, children are often online before they can read and one quarter of kids aged 8-12 are already on Facebook.”

“Parents are increasingly turning to our schools for answers when it comes to how to keep their kids safe online.”

“The Foundation’s eSmart Schools program aims to give schools and teachers the tools they need to help them, and their school community, navigate the digital age.”

“The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is proud to partner with the Tasmanian Government on this important work.”

“This year the Foundation marks its 20 anniversary. Tasmania will always hold a very special place in the heart of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and our mission to keep children safe from violence.”

Last August, the Tasmanian Government announced a $630,000 commitment to introduce the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s successful eSmart Schools program to 180 Tasmanian schools over the next four years.

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