Victorian Govt urged to act after school suicides
Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 22/07/2009 18:45
The Victorian Government has sent extra counsellors to a school in the state's south, after four current or former students committed suicide in six months.
One grieving mother has blamed the internet, saying her daughter received an online message which caused her suicide.
An adolescent psychologist says the Federal Government needs to invest more in youth mental health, including programs to teach parents how to spot depression.
Teen's death highlights cyber bullying trend
A Melbourne mother has blamed her 14-year-old daughter's suicide on the internet and the tragic case has highlighted the problem of cyber bullying among young people.
In Australia, one of the first comprehensive studies of cyber bullying shows about 10 per cent of teenagers and children have experienced some form of sustained bullying using technology.
Chanelle Rae, 14, joins Western Heights College's tragic suicide toll
Chanelle Rae was beautiful, bubbly and a devoted fan of the Geelong Football Club. And on Friday night she became the fourth student of the same state high school to commit suicide this year, raising serious concerns about cyber-bullying and copycat suicides.
The death of the 14-year-old schoolgirl, who was adored by her parents, brothers and friends, has reopened wounds at the co-educational Western Heights College in Geelong.
Cyber-bullying warning over Geelong student's death
Police have warned students of the dangers of cyber-bullying after a 14-year-old Victorian schoolgirl took her life last Friday night, hours after someone threatened to reveal her secrets over the internet and "ruin her life".
Chanelle Rae, a Year 8 student described by friends as beautiful and bubbly, is the fourth student or former student of Geelong's Western Heights College to kill herself in the past sixth months.