08 Dec 2010
The internet is an essential tool for all Australians, including children. It is an integral part of our economic and social activities, and a vast resource of information, education and entertainment. The ability to use online tools effectively provides both a skill for life and the means to acquire new skills.
While the internet has created substantial benefits for children, it has also exposed them to a number of dangers, including exposure to illegal and prohibited content.
Parents rightly expect the Australian Government to play its part in helping protect children online.
On the 7th December 2010, the Australian Government Department of Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy launched a 'cybersafety button' for parents and young people to download onto their computer. The cybersafety help button provides internet users, particularly children and young people, with easy online access to cybersafety information and assistance available in Australia.
The help button is a free application that is easily downloaded onto personal, school and library computers. It provides help and advice on a range of online risks including cyberbullying, unwanted contact, scams and fraud, and offensive or inappropriate material.
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There is also more information in our topic 'Cyber-safety'.