Member for Forrest Nola Marino is supporting this year’s National eSmart Week, an initiative of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation (AMF), which focuses on building cyber safe communities across Australia.
One in seven Australians reported being subjected to cyberbullying over the past year and the National eSmart Week aims to tackle this problem through education and support.
Mrs Marino said the AMF will host a number of webinars and activities over the week for schools, libraries and community groups and she encourages local organisations in the South West to get involved.
“I’m very committed to online safety, last week I delivered several Cyber Safety presentations to South West children and parents,” Mrs Marino said.
“It’s vital children and parents equip themselves with the tools available to ensure they stay safe online.”
More than 2,200 schools, 200,000 students and over 60 per cent of Australia’s public libraries are now registered as eSmart entities.
The Turnbull Government takes online safety seriously and established the Office of the eSafety Commissioner in 2015 to help Australians navigate safely online.
The Office has a range of resources and initiatives which includes a complaints scheme to remove harmful cyberbullying material and an online portal where image-based abuse can be reported. The portal also provides access to immediate and tangible support.
For more information and to register for this year’s National eSmart Week visit esmart.org.au/esmartweek
Further information on other eSafety initiatives visit esafety.gov.au.