Today I am pleased to be attending Sydney's Malabar Public School with Commonwealth Bank CIO David Whiteing and Australian Federal Police (AFP) Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton to announce a new partnership to help keep children safe online.
The Commonwealth Bank has signed a three-year partnership with the AFP-led ThinkUKnow cyber safety program, and will provide volunteers to help deliver cyber safety sessions across the country alongside our police officers and founding industry partners, namely Microsoft and Datacom.
ThinkUKnow delivers vital information to parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia on how to make the online experience safer for our children.
With 95 per cent of young Australians using the internet regularly, children as young as eight online daily, and child exploitation reports received by the AFP having doubled over recent years, we need to open discussion between caregivers and their children when it comes to the internet.
Young people must not only be aware of the issues, but feel confident discussing them, and parents need a sound understanding of how to provide the necessary support.
The ThinkUKnow approach to internet safety is threefold: have fun, stay in control and report abuse.
Our children are faced with an increasing number of online safety risks, including cyber bullying, identity theft, exposure to inappropriate content, spam, scams and online sexual exploitation.
ThinkUKnow and its partner agencies are committed to keeping our children safe online.
I am glad to see such education programs working in a private-public partnership across Australia to make our children safer online.
The ThinkUKnow programme forms part of a suite of policy measures from the Coalition Government to enhance online safety for children, along with the Enhancing Online Safety for Children Bill currently before the Parliament and the commitment of $10 million in the last budget for online safety education programmes in schools and the establishment of the Children's E-Safety Commissioner.
ThinkUKnow Australia is a partnership between the AFP, Microsoft Australia, Datacom and Commonwealth Bank. It is delivered in partnership with Neighbourhood Watch Australasia, and state and territory police.
For further information and resources on ThinkUKnow or to register your school for a presentation, go to www.thinkuknow.org.au.
The ThinkUKnow brand was originally developed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), a division of the National Crime Agency in the UK and is licenced in Australia to the Australian Federal Police.