New resources have been launched today to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, carers and educators start the chat about online safety.
Research shows that more Aussie kids than ever are having negative online experiences, including cyberbullying, unwanted contact from strangers and social exclusion.
However, many parents, carers and educators are unsure how to help keep kids safe online. Carers can include grandparents, aunties, uncles, brothers, sisters or even teachers and sports coaches.
Keep our Mob Safe Online is part of the National Online Safety Awareness campaign, designed to help anyone who spends time with children aged 5 to 18 to understand the importance of starting the chat about online safety with young people.
eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant says, “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.
With technology changing so fast, it is vital parents, teachers and all those who care for children are equipped with up-to-date, accurate and easy-to-follow information. This way we can all play a role in ensuring kids have safe, positive experiences online.”
More than 800 community organisations and schools across the country will receive the Keep our Mob Safe Online pack from this week. The pack includes community posters and information booklets to help Indigenous communities understand the issues of online safety, with practical information on where to go for help.
The resources are supported by a series of video case studies showcasing how Aboriginal and Torres Strait families and educators are talking about online safety. Resources are available to download and to order through the eSafety website.
“One of the best ways we cantake action is to start the conversation with our kids.
Online bullying can take many forms including name calling, unwanted messages, as well as threats and content posted without consent – and we are sending a strong message that it’s never ok,” says Inman Grant.
For tools, tips and resources to Keep your Mob Safe Online visit eSafety.gov.au.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
- Julie Inman Grant, National Online Safety Commissioner is available for interviews.
- High resolution photos are available here.
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