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Coalition's free PC filter to protect children from online threats.

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Coalition’s free PC filter to protect children from online threats 12-August-2010 Source: Warren Truss, MP -

A free PC filter will be made available to all families as part of the Coalition’s plan to protect children from online threats, Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said today.

The $60 million commitment to provide free internet filters is part of a comprehensive range of measures to help educate and equip families, teachers and students so they can use the internet without the fear of being exposed to harmful or inappropriate online content.

Additional measures in the Coalition’s plan include:

• $30 million to extend and expand Australian Communications and Media Authority’s successful Cybersafe Outreach Program, which is currently booked six months in advance. • $10.5 million over four years to empower principals and introduce a new national education campaign to combat bullying and cyberbullying. • Establish a new Ministerial Advisory Committee on Social Networking so that operators of sites like Facebook and Twitter work with government to limit the potential harm that inappropriate use of social networking can cause.

“Children are using the internet at a younger age, with 93 percent of children and teenagers using the internet, and 84 percent of children, some as young as eight years old, are linked to social networking sites every day,” Mr Truss said.

“In regional Australia the internet is often used to overcome distance from family and friends or from services and education, it is a great tool but we must ensure it is safe.

“That is why the roll-out of a plan for real action to filter online content and provide extensive education and guidance is so important,” Mr Truss said.

“Before the 2007 election, Labor promised to introduce a mandatory Internet Service

Provider level filter, but it has delayed and deferred amid serious concerns from industry and consumer groups.

“As part of a Coalition Government, I will work to ensure families and schools get the support and choices they need to enjoy a safe online environment,” Mr Truss said.