More Australians know how to stay safe online
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Today, during Stay Smart Online Week 2016, I released the ThinkUKnow Australia corporate report for 2015-2016, highlighting the ongoing importance of educating all Australians on how to stay safe, respectful, and resilient online.
It is becoming increasingly urgent to bridge the digital generational gap – ensuring parents, teachers and carers are vigilant for the signs of online dangers.
Predators are very clever at exploiting vulnerable young people exploring the online environment, so now it’s more important than ever that we know the risks our kids may be exposed to and how to minimise them, including where to report problems.
ThinkUKnow continues to lead the way as Australia’s first and only nationally delivered crime prevention program, delivered in partnership between law enforcement and industry.
In 2015-2016, the program was supported by 670 trained ThinkUKnow volunteers from the AFP, State and Territory police, Neighbourhood Watch Australasia, and partners the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Microsoft, and Datacom.
Volunteers delivered more than one presentation each day of the year – a total of 386 – to more than 10,000 parents, carers, and teachers.
State and Territory police delivered ThinkUKnow presentations to more than 150,000 school students from grades three through to years 11 and 12.
Education has become markedly important as Australians continue to spend more and more time online.
Educating parents and teachers about how to keep our children safe online has never been more vital.
Last year the AFP alone received more than 11,000 reports of online child exploitation. This, coupled with matters such as image sharing websites involving young Australians, show us that empowerment through education continues to be vital to keeping our young people safe.
The program is continuing to expand regionally through its network of volunteers.
This month marks the first anniversary of Bankwest – a subsidiary of the Commonwealth Bank – as the newest partner to ThinkUKnow, to reach Australians in regional Western Australia.
Forty-five minute face-to-face presentations covering what young people SEE, SAY, and DO online form the basis of the ThinkUKnow program. Law enforcement officers pair up with industry volunteers to address challenges associated with online grooming, cyberbullying, sexting, and privacy management.
A full copy of the ThinkUKnow Corporate Report 2014–15 can be found at: https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/site/reports