Cyber Safety – let’s protect our children

Federal Member for Gilmore, Ann Sudmalis has welcomed the launch of the ThinkUKnow cyber safety program by the Federal Government, aimed at making sure children know how to use the internet appropriately and safely.

“School aged students need to be aware that there are dangers online, through websites and social pages,” said Mrs Sudmalis.

“Online bullying is growing, it may be ‘trolling’, abusive language, intimidation, threats and humiliation, or at worst a dreadful new trend; encouraging a young person to suicide.

“Our children need to know that there is help available, they are not alone.”

The Australian Government has a range of ways for people to report cyber abuse, and the Federal Member is campaigning for a more respectful online world.

“I have pledged to help raise awareness and support those in need in and around our communities. If you or someone you know is suffering from online abuse, take a screen shot and report it to the eSafety Commissioner, tell a family member, teacher, or the police.”

The ThinkUKnow cyber safety program is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Commonwealth Bank, Datacom and Microsoft Australia and is delivered in collaboration with state and territory law enforcement as well as Neighbourhood Watch Australasia.

The 2018 presentation package will be available in schools and organisations nationally from the end of March.

For further information and to download resources, please visit thinkuknow.org.au

To report cyber abuse phone 1800 55 1800 or contact the Office of the eSafety Commissioner at esafety.gov.au