Enhancing online safety for children

Children’s online safety is the priority of a proposed new Government plan said Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino.

“I have been working on this issue for many years now and am very pleased the Government has taken this issue seriously and moved quickly on what we promised at the election,” Mrs Marino said.

“From my experience talking with young people, parents and teachers, cyber safety is a daily challenge for so many.”

Mrs Marino has been doing cyber safety presentations to students, parents, community and business groups for several years in her electorate.

She is encouraging people to have their say about the measures proposed by the Government in its discussion paper released yesterday.

“The methods we are talking about include introducing a Children’s E-Safety Commissioner as a single point of contact in the federal government for online safety issues for children,” Mrs Marino said.

“Also developing an effective complaints system, backed by legislation, to get harmful material down fast from large social media sites and examining whether there should be a new and simplified cyber-bullying offence.

“The internet is a wonderful tool but it also carries constantly changing risks particularly for children and younger people.”

Many key issues are needed to be determined, such as what constitutes a large social media site; who can make a complaint; and what is a reasonable time frame for the large social media site to respond.


Submissions are due by March 7, 2013. The discussion paper is available at www.communications.gov.au/online_safety_consultation


“I encourage everyone with an interest in online safety for children to respond to this discussion paper,” Mrs Marino said.