Monday, 06 Jul 2015

New Children’s eSafety Commissioner for Australia.

Life Education welcomes the commencement of a new Children’s eSafety Commissioner to enhance online safety for children.

Under the new laws, commencing last week, the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Alistair MacGibbon, has the power to issue a notice to a large social media service requiring it to remove cyberbullying material targeted at an Australian child. The Commissioner will also have the power to issue a notice to an individual who has posted cyberbullying material targeted at an Australian child, requiring them to remove the post.

Speaking last week Mr MacGibbon said; ‘research has found that over a 12 month period, one in five children aged eight to seventeen are exposed to cyberbullying. The overwhelming message from the Australian public is that we must do more to protect Australian kids online’.

Life Education, in partnership with Intel Security, have been working together since 2012 to raise awareness around the importance of cybersafety and the issues surrounding cyberbullying.

Together we have developed the bCyberwise module, aimed at 8-10 year olds and It's Your Call for 10-13 year olds. Through interactive, student centred sessions, led by our specially trained educators, our cyber safety modules help to give children the tools to build safe and respectful online relationships, understand how to behave responsibly online, explore the impact of using communication technology, and how to deal with cyberbullying.

To enhance and reinforce our messages we also developed the bCyberwise Monster Family App. Together families can explore the issues around cybersafety through a free, fun and interactive game that lets you sharpen your cyber safety skills while helping the monster family stay cyber safe.

David Ballhausen, Life Education Australia CEO, supports this new law; ‘we welcome this initiative promoting online safety and look forward to the opportunity to work with the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner in continuing to deliver our cybersafety program in primary schools across Australia.’

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