Victim's mother praises launch of anti-bullying website

UNDER ATTACK: Website to help children
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A GLADSTONE mother whose child was bullied has welcomed the launch of a website aimed at countering attacks on children.

Gladstone parent Kylie Stevens said any initiative that curbed bullying should be celebrated.

Her eight-year-old daughter Samantha was bullied.

"She was told she was fat and ugly," Ms Stevens said.

"She didn't want to go to school and just sat in the library all day.

"She felt worthless and wasn't really happy.

"She was very withdrawn."

Ms Stevens warned against allowing children to use internet applications unsupervised.

"Unless they're downloaded, it's not going to work," she said.

"It should be something that's just on phones when you get them, and on computers when you get them."

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said the website would use characters including Bully Girl and Shifty Shane to help educate students of the dangers of cyber bullying.

"The Queensland Government has partnered with Telstra to develop a project that incorporates an online quiz designed to show students how to have fun online while keeping safe," he said.



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