Rockhampton State High School is one of a handful of schools across Queensland, Australia trying out a pilot program aimed at combating the growing problem of cyber bullying. The new Stop Harassing Me Postcard System, which was developed by a school-based police officer in Brisbane, is simple but set to have an important impact on cyber bullying within schools. The program, in partnership with BABI Youth and Family Services, is designed to provide preventive education to students and offer a positive solution for victims of cyber bullying.
It works by allowing students who have experienced menacing or threatening comments or have seen offensive material about them posted on social networking sites to complete a Stop Harassing Me Postcard with a member of the school’s support staff. This postcard is then delivered to the cyber bully by a support staff member, explaining to them that their actions are not welcome, may be illegal, and should stop immediately.
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