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Have your say on online safety

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Media Release ­ Have your say on online safety ­ Monday 5 March 2012 

05 March 2012 in Media

The Coalition has established an Online Safety Working Group to assist parents, carers and teachers

to better educate children and young people from the risks associated with the internet and social


We will consult with key technology, education and cyber-safety leaders, parents and young people,

as well as other interested parties, to further develop our online safety policy for the next election.

The children and teenagers of today are the first generation of young people that will grow up with the

internet and social media as an integral part of the way they live, learn and communicate. It is

estimated that 2.2 million Australian children actively engage online.

Whilst parents want their children to be safe, many find they are ill-equipped to protect their children

from the pitfalls of the internet and from the risks associated with social media. Some parents may

feel out of their depth in dealing with the pace of technological change.

We want the internet to provide a safe environment which encourages learning and social interaction

in a safe and secure way. We want to assist and equip parents and teachers in their work of

protecting our children and preparing them for adulthood. We do not seek to repeat the Labor

Government’s ham-fisted attempt to put a filter on the internet or to hinder the dynamic nature of the

online environment. This is about protecting cyber-privacy. It is not about trying to enforce cyber-censorship.

I invite feedback from students, parents, carers and teachers in our community about this important

issue. Anyone wanting to make a submission to the review can contact my electorate office on (08)

8398 5566 or forward submissions to