Young Australians are taking the charge in navigating their own safety experience online, with nearly three quarters of teens - or 71% - found to be more confident to challenge cyberbullying and shutting down online hate than they were before joining the Digital Ambassadors program run by youth-driven anti-bullying organisation, Project Rockit.
Australians believe schools should teach online safety cucciculum with a new study showing that many parents have not taken proactive security measures to protect their family/home when distance learning was introduced to their lives, despite being concerned that their children could be exposed to scams or illegal content.
The Victorian Government will ban the use of mobile phones during school hours in state schools from the beginning of the school year in 2020, with the state's Education Minister James Merlino saying the ban is aimed at stopping cyber-bullying.
Telstra has partnered with youth-led movement against bullying, PROJECT ROCKIT, to launch a digital classroom aimed at empowering young people to take action on cyber bullying and online safety.
Australia’s new Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner received nearly 200 serious cyberbullying complaints, conducted more than thousands of investigations into online child sexual abuse content and educated more than 59,000 students across Australia through virtual classrooms in its first 12 months of operation.
Children are more likely to expose personally identifiable information to strangers online – which is understandable as they have not had time to grow old and cynical like their parents yet!
Reword bills itself as ‘the first technology of its kind in Australia’, working by identifying cruel or intimidating words in real time and prompting users to change them.
Finally, parents, tweens and teens are getting real to the cyber threats of online attacks, cyber bulling, risky online behaviour and more, according to Intel Security’s latest report.
Australian schools and families are reminded to celebrate Safer Internet Day 2015, held in 90 countries and enjoying its 12th anniversary to ‘create a better Internet together’.
The Victorian government has launched a new Speak Up Against Cyberbullying campaign in partnership with Facebook, along with $400,000 in 'Bully Stoppers' grants for 54 schools to run anti-bullying programs.
Children are inclined to hide negative online experiences from their parents or other adults, according to a newly published report which also reveals that one in three Australian children have been harmed by cybercrime, including suffering bullying online.
As if there weren't enough online opportunities to be nasty to your acquaintances, here comes Twanker.
The Telstra Foundation has committed $8m to fund the rollout of version for public libraries of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation's eSmart School system, developed to help schools counter cyber-bullying and protect pupils from the evils of the online world.
Vodafone New Zealand has taken steps to combat cyberbullying that Australian telcos would do well to emulate: it has launched a free service that allows its mobile customers to easily block text and multimedia messages from any mobile number they choose.
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