Qld premier urges bullying warning for TV

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called for bullying warnings for reality TV shows.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has called for bullying warnings for reality TV shows.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has welcomed steps by social media giants to combat bullying online and has urged television networks carry bullying warnings for children.

Ms Palaszczuk said Google and YouTube have written to her stating that they have algorithms that were able to "bully block" by targeting "toxic words and offensive language".

She said reality television shows which feature bullying could carry warnings for children to keep them safe against bullying.

She noted the ABC was looking at putting bullying blocking messages on screens and urged other networks to do the same, particularly for reality television shows.

"I would urge other channels to consider it as well, especially when you are dealing with issues such as reality TV shows," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Those episodes are usually seen in advance by the networks and they can put those warnings up for children."

She said she had written to other social media and television networks about bullying, which she said was a national issue, and received promising responses.

"This is really important, young children's lives are at risk, and we need to make sure everybody is doing their part," she said.

"This is fundamentally about keeping children safe. It is fundamentally about doing everything we possibly can."

The Queensland government established an Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce in early 2018.

The government has given schools across the state a million dollars to access anti-bullying programs.

Australian Associated Press