How secure are you and your family online?

Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino said Stay Smart Online Week (June 2-6) is a timely reminder for people to be vigilant about their online privacy and security.

“Cyber safety is an issue I am very committed to and passionate about,” Mrs Marino said.

“I have presented cyber safety information sessions to over 200 school classes, parents, community and business groups about how to stay safe online.”

 

This work has been backed up by the Government’s budget commitment providing $10 million to enhance online safety for children.

Funding will be provided over four years for:

  • $7.5 million to assist schools to access accredited online safety programmes;
  • $2.4 million to establish and operate the Office of the Children’s e‐Safety Commissioner to take a leadership role in online safety; and
  • $0.1 million to support Australian‐based research and information campaigns on online safety.

 

“This is a significant commitment by the Government to help keep Australian children safe online,” Mrs Marino said.

Research from the Australian Communications and Media Authority indicate that around 21 per cent of 14‐15 year olds report being cyber‐bullied.

Many of the parents and schools I’ve worked with feel ill‐equipped to respond to the challenge of protecting children from online dangers.

 

This year’s Stay Smart Online Week theme is ‘On the Go’ which promotes the importance of staying secure while using mobile devices for social networking, conducting business and banking.

 

Top tips to protect your online accounts:

  • Use strong passwords and locks and change them regularly
  • Use different passwords for different uses
  • Use two-factor authentication whenever possible
  • Learn about the best way to create and store passwords
  • Lock your mobile device with a passcode, password or biometric when not in use
  • Secure your home and office Wi-Fi with encryption and a password with encryption and a password

 

For more tips, subscribe to the free Stay Smart Online Service at www.staysmartonline.gov.au or visit www.communications.gov.au.

Scam warning booklets are also available from Mrs Marino’s office.

If you would like Mrs Marino to give a cyber safety presentation at your school, community group or business group please call her office on 9721 3788.