Youth survey goes online

ONLINE media is often given a bad rap because of cyber bullying, but it has its positive uses, such as collecting feedback for the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into the Bullying of Children and Young People.

Yesterday, the chair of the General Purpose Standing Committee No 2, Liberal MLC Robyn Parker, was in Lismore promoting an online survey for youth. “This is a first for the NSW Parliament,” she said.

Ms Parker is keen to engage young people through the survey to make comment on the issue of bullying.

Committee members of the Northern Rivers Anti-Bullying Alliance met with Ms Parker yesterday at Southern Cross University to discuss bullying in our community.

“We don't have a panacea, the ants pants answer, but I think we have certainly nutted out a few possible programs that work. How to roll it out is the challenge,” Ms Parker said.

She said Australia did not have the same focus as other countries on the issue of bullying, and NSW did not stack up well against the other States.

“The Northern Rivers is the exception. The Northern Star's initiative (anti-bullying campaign) has not been done anywhere else,” she said.

The online survey was developed in close collaboration with young people and is targeted at people 20 years and younger.

“We are keen to give young people the opportunity to assist us in shaping workable solutions to the problem of bullying,” she said.

The report is due out in October and the NSW Government has six months to respond.

Ms Parker said the inquiry had so far received over 100 submissions.

To have your say in the survey, go to http://bullyingyourviewcounts.com.au.



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