Tuesday, 07 December 2010 15:00

Cyber Safety Help Button aims to help keep Aussies safe online


A program from the Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy makes it easier for children - or anyone else, for that matter - to seek help when they feel threatened online.

The Cyber Safety Help Button software from the Federal Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy puts a red button onto computer screens to report inappropriate activities to web site operators or to chat online with a counsellor. It can be downloaded here.

At the launch of the Button (not to be confused with its announcement back in June), Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, said "Young people are constantly accessing the cyber world either at home or at school for education, entertainment or to socialise. The Cyber Safety Help Button provides a one stop shop for our children if they ever feel uncomfortable online and for parents and teachers that is very reassuring."

Senator Conroy explained that "the Help Button was designed by young people as part of the work of the Youth Advisory Group on Cyber Safety" and that members of the group have been testing it since June.

When the application is running large red button floats above other windows. Double-clicking it opens a web page advising "If you are in danger call '000' or tell an adult you trust." Other choices are "talk", "report" and "learn".

'talk' provides a link to Kids Helpline, a phone and online counselling service operated by the Boystown charity.

What about 'report' and 'learn'? See page 2.

'report' offers links to abuse reporting pages for popular sites including Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and YouTube, and to the government-operated ACMA and Scamwatch sites. There is also an indirect link to the Australian Federal Police's online form for reporting inappropriate behaviour towards a young person.

'learn' presents links to the Government's ACMA, CyberSmart and Stay Smart Online sites.

The application is built on Adobe's AIR platform. That should make it compatible with computers running Windows, Mac OS X or Linux, but only the first two are supported at this stage. According to DBCDE officials, "We hope to make the button available to people using other systems in the future."

According to the Minister, planned enhancements include support for mobile devices and links to additional resources.

Not everyone is a fan of AIR, and parents who wish to avoid installing Adobe's software could simply create a link to www.dbcde.gov.au/online_safety_and_security/help-and-advice and put it in the Mac OS X Dock. With a custom icon it would be almost as effective.

Windows 7 has made it harder to pin web shortcuts directly onto the task bar, but it seems it is possible with a little jiggery pokery. If you know how, feel free to post instructions in a comment.


Please join our community here and become a VIP.

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here
JOIN our iTWireTV our YouTube Community here


It's all about Webinars.

Marketing budgets are now focused on Webinars combined with Lead Generation.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 3 to 4 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site itwire.com and prominent Newsletter promotion https://itwire.com/itwire-update.html and Promotional News & Editorial. Plus a video interview of the key speaker on iTWire TV https://www.youtube.com/c/iTWireTV/videos which will be used in Promotional Posts on the iTWire Home Page.

Now we are coming out of Lockdown iTWire will be focussed to assisting with your webinatrs and campaigns and assassistance via part payments and extended terms, a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs. We can also create your adverts and written content plus coordinate your video interview.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you. Please click the button below.



iTWire TV offers a unique value to the Tech Sector by providing a range of video interviews, news, views and reviews, and also provides the opportunity for vendors to promote your company and your marketing messages.

We work with you to develop the message and conduct the interview or product review in a safe and collaborative way. Unlike other Tech YouTube channels, we create a story around your message and post that on the homepage of ITWire, linking to your message.

In addition, your interview post message can be displayed in up to 7 different post displays on our the iTWire.com site to drive traffic and readers to your video content and downloads. This can be a significant Lead Generation opportunity for your business.

We also provide 3 videos in one recording/sitting if you require so that you have a series of videos to promote to your customers. Your sales team can add your emails to sales collateral and to the footer of their sales and marketing emails.

See the latest in Tech News, Views, Interviews, Reviews, Product Promos and Events. Plus funny videos from our readers and customers.


Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous