Support Grows In QLD For Ban On Bullying App After Dolly
Almost 120,000 electronic signatures have been recorded in an online petition calling for an app with potential for online bullying to be banned.
The petition was started by a Queensland mother Katrina, who does not disclose her last name, and gained huge traction following the suicide of Northern Territory teen Amy "Dolly" Everett whose funeral was held last week.
The Rockhampton mother says she doesn't want any child "to become the next Dolly" in the description for the petition, which aims to ban anonymous feedback app Sarahah.
But journalist Ginger Gorman, who is writing a book on cyber-hate and has been a victim herself, believes banning apps and social media for children is not the answer.
She says public attitudes needed to change and more can be done, like strengthening laws, increasing education for law enforcement agencies and ensuring platforms take responsibility.
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