Cyberspace and Me

Young people participating in the Kidz Youth Community Cyberspace and Me project have used art to safely explore and express their experience of cyberbullying.

Eleven young people from Caboolture South aged 13–17 attended eight two-hour sessions as part on an art psychotherapy group program. Through a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach, the program covered healthy and risky online behaviour, cyberbullying and the law, and positive social change behaviours.

The program helped participants develop resilience, and interpersonal and communication skills, and increased their awareness of how to respond effectively to cyberbullying and report to eSafety. The group also learned skills to help them be upstanders rather than bystanders.

Through tailored therapeutic responses, the program also increased wellbeing and supported recovery for those who have been negatively affected by cyberbullying.

To extend the reach of the program, the artwork was combined with quotes, stories and experiences of cyberbullying, gathered through an online survey, to create an ezine.

The ezine covers young people’s perspectives of what cyberbullying is, reasons for cyberbullying, and its impact. It also includes young people’s thoughts on combating the issue and information on how and where to get help based on advice from the eSafety Commissioner. The outcome of the zine is a platform for the voices of young people and a resource for the wider public to share on social media.

The final artworks were showcased and the ezine launched at an exhibition on 10 December 2019. As well as friends and family of the young people, the Honourable Mark Ryan MP (Member for Morayfield), Councillor Adam Hain (Moreton Bay Regional Council Division 3), and KYC and Jabani Jinna Indigenous Corporation colleagues attended the event.

Read the ezine (PDF, 2.8 MB).

Kids Youth Community