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Coalition adopts Government policies to help keep children safe online



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Coalition adopts Government policies to help keep children safe online

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today welcomed the Coalition adopting the Government’s policies to help keep children safe online.

“The Coalition’s discussion paper notes that improving online safety will only come through the combined work of parents, carers, schools, police, governments and technology providers.

“This is exactly the approach the Government has been taking for the past five years.

“During this time, the Government has invested $128 million in Cybersafety initiatives, increasing funding for cybersafety education, awareness-raising activities, and law enforcement.”

These initiatives include:

 Establishing the Youth Advisory Group on Cybersafety, which has provided an opportunity for 1,887 children from 190 schools across Australia to advise the Government on what online issues are important to them.

 Launching the Easyguide to Socialising Online, which provides information on the safety and privacy features of 27 social networking sites, search engines and online games, and has attracted more than 166,000 hits since being launched earlier this year.

 Establishing the Consultative Working Group on Cybersafety, which brings together parents, industry, business, law enforcement and government to provide advice on protecting children from online risks including cyberbullying, exposure to illegal content, and privacy breaches.

 Funding the free Cybersafety Help Button, which gives children and young Australians easy access to online cybersafety information and assistance.  Funding the ACMA to provide extensive education resources to children, parents and schools through its Cybersmart program.

“The Government has established cooperative relationships with social networking sites, including Facebook, to ensure material that is offensive or breaks Australian law is removed as quickly as possible.

“Twitter has also agreed to work with the AFP to help identify Twitter trolls who threaten people online.

“It is pleasing that the Coalition is adopting the Government’s policies in this area. We look forward to this bipartisan support continuing for other important policies, like the National Broadband Network.”

Date: 16 November 2012 Contact: Adam Sims - 0408 258 457

Notes to editors:

 The Easyguide to Socialising Online is available here: www.dbcde.gov.au/easyguide.

 The Cybersafety Help Button is available to download free of charge here: http://www.dbcde.gov.au/online_safety_and_security/cybersafetyhelpbutton_download

 More information about the ACMA’s Cybersmart program is here: http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/