High school students in Queensland will need to acquire a “licence” to bring mobile phones to their institutions under a plan to try and tackle cyber bullying.
Education minister Cameron Dick says the Bligh government will introduce a range of measures recommended by renowned child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, the Australian reports.
Some of these will include making pupils sit an online tutorial about the proper use of mobile phones and other technology similar to the one that drivers sit before being granted a learners' licence.
It has been claimed that uptake on the government's cyber-bullying initiatives has been slow with only one in ten schools joining in.
Mr Dick said the online tutorial will help ensure students learn about the appropriate and safe use of mobile phones.
“We know that young people don't always fully understand that what they say or do using technology can have serious long-term implications for them,” he said.
Posted by Peter Robinson