Youth face up to cyber bullying

WITH almost daily reports of cyber bullying on social networking sites like Facebook, there’s soon going to be a free course for young people aged 15 to 24 on developing a website that tackles the issue head on.

The YouthNet – Freedom from Bullying course is a joint initiative bet- ween North Coast TAFE, the Uncle Project and Northern Rivers Anti- Bullying Alliance. The course has received funding from the Australian Flexible Learning Network and is due to begin in early June.

North Coast TAFE spokesperson Mark Jewell said there had been very little research done on cyber bullying.

“Cyber bullying is one of the most significant issues and one of the newest issues, so that’s why there has been very little done to look at it,” he said.

The catalyst for the introduction of the course was last year’s youth bullying forum, according to the CEO of the Uncle Project, Mark Gasson.

“One of the things that came out of that was students wanted a resource they could access that would give them an opportunity to explore ways of tackling bullying and link up with resources from organisations with the ability to deal with it in a more useful way.”

An information session will be held at Wollongbar TAFE on June 3. Contact project co-ordinator Kaylene Chamberlain on 6623 0325.



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