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Western Australia to benefit from boost to online safety



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The Hon Michael Keenan MP Minister for Justice

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter Terrorism

The Hon Liza Harvey MP Western Australia Minister for Police, Tourism, Road Safety and Women’s Interests

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

16 October 2015

Western Australia to benefit from boost to online safety

In a world where 95 per cent of young Australians use the internet regularly, children as young as eight are online daily and 73 per cent of young people use their smartphone in their bedroom, it is becoming increasingly important to bridge the digital generational gap, ensure parents, teachers and carers know the risks and are vigilant for the signs of online misadventure.

Minister Keenan said with today marking the last day of Stay Smart Online Week, educating parents and teachers about how to keep our children safe online has never been more vital.

“That is why today I am pleased attend Boyare Primary School with WA Minister for Police Liza Harvey and Bankwest Chief Information Officer Andy Weir to announce Bankwest as a new partner for the ThinkUKnow internet safety program in Western Australia, which will focus on extending the programs reach across rural and regional areas,” Mr Keenan said.

The ThinkUKnow approach to internet safety is threefold: have fun, stay in control and report abuse.

ThinkUKnow Australia is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, Microsoft Australia, Datacom, Commonwealth Bank and now Bankwest. It is delivered in partnership with Neighbourhood Watch Australasia, and state and territory police.

Minister Keenan said presentations discuss the popular applications used by young people, the risks they may be exposed to and how to minimise these risks, including where to report problems.

“Of those who participated in the program in the last 12 months nationally, 97 per cent of people agreed that it motivated them to take action to make themselves and those around them safer online,” Mr Keenan said.

Minister Harvey said since its inception in 2009, the program has provided more than 1,000 free cyber safety presentations to over 34,000 parents, carers and teachers across Australia to

help protect children from cybercrime, including online sex offenders, scammers and cyber bullies.

“This includes 53 ThinkUKnow cyber safety sessions being delivered by Western Australian Police to more than 1,000 parents, carers and teachers across the state,” Ms Harvey said.

As a subsidiary of Commonwealth Bank, Bankwest’s partnership will be invaluable in Western Australia, increasing the number of volunteers who deliver online safety presentations across the state.

For further information and resources on ThinkUKnow or to register your school for a presentation, please visit www.thinkuknow.org.au

Media contact: Shannen Wilkinson 0476 820 816 (Minister Keenan) Christien de Garis 0418 742 190 (Minister Harvey)