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Cairns High student part of group to fight Cyber-bullying


​Last fortnight Minister Grace Grace sat down with 16 very clever and thoughtful students from all over Queensland. The Minister appointed the group as her Ministerial Student Advisory Council and announced that one of their main purposes is to assist with tackling current cyber-bullying issues.

Cairns High student Jesleen Patel is part of the group and she will certainly be a voice for the young people. Madonna King, chair of the Premier's taskforce on cyberbullying was also a contributor at the Brisbane meeting.


The Courier Mail reported on 8 June: Student representative Jesleen Patel said the group called for schools to be more frank and unflinching in the discussions they have with students around issues like cyber-bullying and youth suicide.  “Bullying is a big issue with distressing outcomes and consequences, but students sometimes fail to understand that because it is sugar-coated and made nicer than it really is,” said the Year 9 student from Cairns State High School.

Ms Patel said the group decided anti-bullying and suicide awareness talks should also incorporate the voices of young people, who have experienced the issues first-hand.

They also discussed creating a campaign focusing on the role of the bystander in perpetuating bullying and in the need to redefine the term bullying, so it is taken more seriously.

Ms Grace said it was important for students to have their voices heard on major education issues.  “These students will be my eyes and ears in Queensland classrooms and playgrounds and I’ll be seeking their views on how we can improve their learning experience,” she said.

Story credit: Lauren Martyn-Jones, The Courier-Mail June 8, 2018 12:00am

Minister Grace is looking forward to catching up with them again later in the year.