Feedback invited on Coalition online safety paper
Senator John Williams -
The Nationals Duty Senator for New England John Williams is urging interested people and groups to comment on a Coalition discussion paper about
online safety for children.
Senator Williams said today’s children spend many hours every day on the internet, whether it be Facebook, networking games, smart phones and iPads, and many parents don’t realise
just how much access they have.
He said the Coalition has released its discussion paper on Enhancing Online Safety for Children and it includes a number of practical solutions to help parents and teachers.
“The Coalition proposes to establish a Children’s e-Safety Commissioner to take a national leadership role.
It will implement Rapid Removal protocols with large social media outlets to ensure the rapid removal of material that is targeted at and likely to cause harm to a child, and establish recognised
branding so that parents can make informed decisions about the suitability of devices for younger children and teenagers.
Schools will be given support through a stronger online safety component within the National Safe Schools Framework, and the Coalition will commit to a national public education campaign to highlight online safety issues.
This isn’t censorship.
It is about finding better ways to protect our children from the worst of the internet.
I hope parents, young people, community groups and schools take the time to read the discussion paper and make a submission which will be considered as part of the development of the Coalition’s policy”, Senator Williams said.
The discussion paper is available at www.johnwilliams.com.au