Advocates Join Govt In Online Program
Key internet and children’s advocacy organisations have joined Government to link Australian children, parents and teachers with expert cyber-safety advice.
Bravehearts, Child Wise, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, Google and YouTube Australia, MySpace and Telstra are the first organisations committing to promote the Cybersmart.gov.au web site.
Key finding of the report include:
- Cyber-grooming and sexual solicitation are potentially the most serious cyber-safety risks.
Cyber-bullying is emerging as a significant risk to young people.
- 10% of Australian children report cyber-bullying behaviour, however international prevalence rates of around 50% have been reported.
- Cyber-bullying research is still new and little is known about the motivations of perpetrators as well as the long-term effects.
- 84% of boys and 60% of girls in Australia claim they have been accidentally exposed to pornography online.
- There are significant gaps in many areas of cyber-safety research, particularly about Australian conditions.