COMMUNITY Services Minister Karen Struthers is urging young Queenslanders aged 12 to 25 to take advantage of Own It! – an online competition to make their voices heard on public issues.
Ms Struthers said entries already received dealt with important social issues including youth homelessness and body image, using a variety of creative art forms like that of entrant Sophie Rossetti.
“Cyberbullying doesn’t stay online, it leaks out into real life – that’s the message Sophie wants to spread, through her entry in the Youth Week online competition,” Ms Struthers said.
The Bond University student said she was inspired to create her artistic piece and speak out against bullying because of her personal experience.
“I was cyberbullied at high school and I think people tend to ignore it because it’s online,” Sophie said.
Her entry features a young person holding a mobile phone, which appears to have sludge leaching from the phone and onto the person’s hand.
“The sludge is a way of showing that while cyberbullying doesn’t take place in the physical world, it’s serious and can’t be ignored. The bullying might be virtual, but the effects are very real,” Sophie said.
Ms Struthers said Sophie’s visual arts entry was among a number of photos, videos, animations, songs and short stories, entered in the competition, which closes May 31.
“This is a chance for young people to share their thoughts, feelings and opinions about issues that are important to them,” Ms Struthers said.
Two junior (12-17 yrs) and two senior (18-25 yrs) winners will each have the choice between a laptop, a digital SLR camera, and music or movie editing software valued at $1500. For information visit
www.youth.qld.gov.au and follow the Youth Week links.
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