Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, is pleased to support this year’s National eSmart Week, an initiative of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation (AMF), which focuses on building cyber safe communities across Australia.
The Minister for Communications and the Arts, Mitch Fifield, kicked off this year’s program alongside the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.
One in seven Australians reported being subjected to cyberbullying over the past year and the National eSmart Week aims to tackle this problem through education and support.
The AMF will host a number of webinars and activities over the week for schools, libraries and community groups and Senator Scullion encourages Territory organisations to get involved.
“National eSmart Week is a week to encourage everyone to be safe, smart and responsible when using digital technology. It is a week to create awareness, solutions and ideas on issues of cyber safety, bullying and wellbeing online and offline,” Senator Scullion said.
More than 2,200 schools, 200,000 students and over 60 per cent of Australia’s public libraries are now registered as eSmart entities.
“Clyde Fenton Primary School in Katherine, Alice Springs Public Library and Northern Territory Libraries are registered as eSmart entities,” Senator Scullion said.
The Coalition Government takes online safety seriously and established the Office of the eSafety Commissioner in 2015 to help all Australians navigate safely online. The Office has a range of resources and initiatives which includes a complaints scheme to remove harmful cyberbullying material and an online portal where image-based abuse can be reported. The portal also provides access to immediate and tangible support.
For more information and to register for this year’s National eSmart Week, which runs until 8 September, visit www.esmart.org.au/esmartweek
Further information on other eSafety initiatives is available at www.esafety.gov.au