New online safety campaign


Melbourne: A new campaign to help parents, carers and teachers start the chat about online safety was launched on the on the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

Research shows that more Aussie kids than ever are having negative online experiences, including cyberbullying, unwanted contact from strangers and social exclusion, a media release said.

“Our research shows 81 percent of parents have given their pre-schoolers access to an internet-connected device, so open and honest conversations about safe online behaviour need to be starting in the home earlier than most people think,” says eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant.

Through the range of resources available on eSafety’s website, parents, carers and teachers can find information about the personal, emotional and – in some cases – legal consequences of online behaviours.

More than 2.4 million students from over 5700 schools across Australia are saying ‘Bullying. No Way’ as part of the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

eSafety is hosting free virtual classrooms for schools around the country to help empower students and teachers through practical strategies to prevent, manage and report bullying online.More than 320,000 students have participated in these classrooms since 2015.

(Press release)