QLD’s online movement to combat youth violence

The Queensland Government has launched a new online platform to help tackle violence and bullying among young people.

Education and Training Minister Rod Welford said the new Act Smart Be Safe website was devised to bring the wider community together to improve youth safety.

“Violence in any form is unacceptable and our Government will do everything in its power to keep young Queenslanders safe,” Mr Welford said.

“However, youth violence is a community problem and it needs a collaborative approach to develop prevention strategies that work. This website encourages parents and the community to play a greater role in keeping young people safe.”

The website, one of the recommendations of the Youth Violence Taskforce, was set up to provide teachers, students and parents with practical advice about how to combat youth violence, including alcohol-related violence, anti-bullying strategies and the impact of technology such as YouTube and mobile phones.

Police Minister Judy Spence said the educational component of the initiative was pivotal to reducing youth violence.

“This is part of a wider campaign to ensure our young people act smart and be safe,” Ms Spence said.

“The website gives smart and useful advice for young people to help them to make the right decision when confronted with violence and inappropriate behaviour.”

See www.education.qld.gov.au/actsmartbesafe.

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