Tablelands youth tackle cyberbullying

A project that involved Years 7 and 9 students at Malanda State High School is helping students on the Atherton Tablelands understand the fundamentals of social media, stand up to cyberbullying and understand the power of positive messages.

The project was initiated by Vocational Partnership Group (VPG) in Atherton, who received a 2019 Tackle Cyberbullying grant with support from the Tablelands Regional Council.

VPG worked with students to develop a workshop to address cyberbullying, positive online engagement, intervening safely and bystander options for Years 7 and 9 students.

Malanda State High School students created artwork and slogans for anti-cyberbullying awareness posters.

Malanda State High School students created artwork and slogans for anti-cyberbullying awareness posters.

Year 9 students participated in the initial workshop, during which they created artwork and came up with slogans suitable to put on posters to build awareness of positive online behaviour and challenge cyberbullying.

The Year 9 students then volunteered to be mentors to help deliver the workshop to the Year 7 cohort. The Year 9 students showed great leadership on the day, stepping up as social leaders by facilitating the workshops and encouraging the younger students to contribute to a positive online world.

Year 9 students helped deliver the anti-cyberbullying workshop to Year 7 students.

Year 9 students helped deliver the anti-cyberbullying workshop to Year 7 students.

Artwork and slogans from the workshops were developed into 2 posters and printed to spread community awareness.

To keep the momentum and positive messaging going, follow-up events – including workshops – are planned at other schools on the Tablelands.

VPG reported 78% of students said that, as a result of taking part in the project, they felt more confident to intervene in cyberbullying. 

Students also reported that their biggest takeaway messages from the workshops were that it was always OK to intervene when witnessing cyberbullying, and even as a bystander you can help. They also said they learned how to report cyberbullying on social media and gaming platforms.

Poster designed by the students.Poster designed by the students.

Posters designed by the students.