Australians will now have access to the world’s most comprehensive suite of information, resources and reporting tools to help them have safer experiences online, through the new online safety hub at safety.gov.au.
According to a recent press release, the eSafety Commissioner explained that their practical advice is based on robust evidence and consultation with experts, which will guarantee that parents and educators have the most effective risk-minimisation strategies and protections at their fingertips.
More Information and Easier Navigation
- Moreover, the new layout makes it easier for parents and carers to navigate to the main issues that they are concerned about.
- Based on research conducted by the eSafety Commissioner, they learned that 95% of parents wanted more information about online safety.
- A reporting hub for youth-based cyberbullying, adult cyber abuse and image-based abuse, including so-called ‘revenge porn’ and sextortion, will also be accessible from every page.
- Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher congratulated the Office of the eSafety Commissioner for producing this world-leading, comprehensive online safety hub.
- Keeping Australians safe online is a key priority for the Australian Government. They have committed to providing AU$ 100 million over the next four years.
- This will support online safety programs and initiatives that will help all Australians navigate the online world safely.
Benefits of Australia National Online Hub
- The national online hub provides comprehensive online education resources and tools to report harmful content.
- This will promote safer, more positive online experiences and help Australians learn more about safeguarding themselves and their children from online harms.
- The experience of cyberbullying or image-based abuse is known to be stressful enough, which is why they made sure that there is a sure way victims can report quickly and easily.
- Illegal content, including child sexual abuse material and content designed to promote terrorism and other violent crimes, can also be reported through the online safety hub.
- To date, eSafety has dealt with several reports that include:
- Over 1600 complaints concerning the serious cyberbullying of under-18s
- 1500 adult cyber abuse reports, more than 1600 reports of image-based abuse
- Finalised investigations into over 46,000 items of content, of which more than 35,000 were identified as prohibited or potentially prohibited online
- The hub provides targeted information and resources for parents and carers, educators, women, older Australians and young people, including online safety resources in up to 22 languages other than English.
- The eSafety Commissioner encourages Australians to visit the new hub so that they can learn how they can stay safer online. The new hub cements Australia’s position as a global leader in online safety.
- More information about online safety issues, advice and reporting can be accessed here.