Palaszczuk announces cyberbullying survey

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a statewide survey of children on the topic of cyberbullying.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has pledged to help stop bullying at schools. (AAP)

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced a statewide survey of children on cyberbullying after calling on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to put the issue on next month's COAG agenda.

Cyberbullying will be the focus of a new Youth Advisory Council and the topic of a statewide Queensland Families and Children Commission survey undertaken between March and June, Ms Palaszczuk said on Monday.

"The issue of cyberbullying will be a focus as will other issues including youth empowerment, out of home care, mental health, youth suicide and disability issues," she said.

"QFCC is at the forefront of this work and it is ensuring young Queenslanders have a voice, that we understand their views and their experiences"

QFCC Commissioner Cheryl Vardon is expected to meet with the federal government's eSafety Commissioner in Sydney on Tuesday, while stakeholders will be brought together to discuss the issue with Education Minister Grace Grace after next week's cabinet meeting.

It comes after the premier called for a national focus on bullying, similar to action taken to address domestic and family violence, and pledged to "rededicate" her government to working with children, parents, schools and the community to help stop it.

"I've written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to have this issue put on the COAG agenda when COAG meets in February," she told reporters in Logan on Monday.

"I don't have all the answers, but I'm quite sure that there are parents out there that have answers, there are principals out there that have answers.

"I am more than happy to sit down with a range of stakeholders ... to have this very open conversation about what more we can do."

Her comments came as Queensland's 817,000 students began returning to classrooms for the start of the school year - a week ahead of their interstate counterparts.

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Published 22 January 2018 at 5:44pm
Source: AAP