Free training for parents in fight against cyberbullies

Parents and carers can now access free online resources to help them stop cyberbullying.

The cyberbullying training and eResources from Parentline and yourtown are aimed at adults with children at risk of, or already the target of cyberbullies.

Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women Di Farmer said cyberbullying is as insidious and as it is prevalent.

“It’s distressing that more than half of young Australians report they’ve experienced psychological distress from cyberbullying on social media and online chat sites,” she said.

“As a parent myself, I know how hard it can be to have the conversations we should have with our teenagers about cyber safety and appropriate online behaviour.

“That’s where online cyberbullying training and eResources from Parentline and yourtown can help to arm parents and carers with the information you need to know about internet bullies and how they operate.”

Tracy Adams, CEO of yourtown, welcomed the $440,000 in state funding to tackle the issue.

“Not only has it helped us to develop training and eResources, we’ve also employed a cyberbullying consultant to provide advice to communities across Queensland,” Ms Adams said.

“Parentline has also developed training for all our counsellors so we can deliver parent and carer support by phone, web chat or email.

“Our training was developed with the support and expert knowledge of the eSafety Commissioner and we are working with health and education community networks to ensure copies of the eResources are available publicly, or on request.”

Last year, more than 83,500 users accessed Parentline’s website to gain the tools to beat cyberbullying.

To connect with Parentline’s cyberbullying training and eResources visit https://parentline.com.au/cyberbullying