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Journalist and author for her career, now community principal

Media icon Madonna King with Indooroopilly High leadership team.

​​Madonna King, leading journalist, presenter, author and Chair of Queensland's Anti-Cyber Bullying Taskforce, inspired students with her insight and empowering messages at Indooroopilly State High School on 17 October.

Taking part in a Q&A-style panel program filmed by the school's media students, Ms King had strong and supportive advice for young people facing a myriad of social and community challenges in the 21st century.

"All forms of bullying are horrific but its existence and its future is in your hands," Ms King said.

"My message is that you don't take part in bullying yourself, you don't become a passive bystander to it and if you hear about it, have the courage to call it out and report it.

"That also means not participating in things like judging and scoring appearances on various apps, or making personal comments which is also damaging.

"Only you, as an individual and collectively, have the ability to say no and stamp it out and you should embrace that position of control."

Ms King said it was difficult to strike a balance between the needs of parents and carers and the Taskforce recommendations.

"Some parents begged us not to ban phones in schools, because for students who are being bullied or having problems, the phone gives that student a lifeline to their parents at lunchtime for support," she said.

"While other parents felt equally strongly that the devices just should not be allowed in schools at all.

"What we hope is that by combining expert advice we have developed recommendations that will address the bullying issues in the best way we can."

Ms King was visiting Indooroopilly State High School as a community principal to help celebrate Queensland's State Education Week which is held annually in October. For more information visit Community Principal Program​ or to view the report, please visit Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce​.

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Last updated
10 December 2018