The Government has announced a new $17 million package to help protect Australian children online.

16 December 2018

The Keeping our Children Safe Online package will strengthen protections for Australian children navigating the online world.

The package establishes an educational and support program for parents and children, raises awareness of available resources and support, sets out expectations of industry, and will see a new research program developed to inform future online safety initiatives.

Early Years Online Safety program

Recent research shows that children are exposed to the online world at a very early age and that there is a gap in resources and support to help parents and carers safely navigate this period.

The Early Years Online Safety program will provide $2.5 million over the next 3 years to develop practical resources and training for parents, carers and educators in managing safe internet use for children from birth to 5 years.

The program will be run by the Government's Office of the eSafety Commissioner (the eSafety Office).

Online Safety Research Program

The Government recognises there is a need for additional research to inform initiatives and programs in online safety.

The Online Safety Research program will undertake an annual National eSafety Survey to track online safety issues across the Australian community over time, coupled with commissioned research into areas of identified need, with a focus on vulnerable and at-risk groups.

Online Safety Charter

The Government is calling on industry to step up efforts in protecting Aussie kids online and will develop an Online Safety Charter outlining the expectations for this shared responsibility.

The Charter will be developed in close consultation with digital platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, and large technology firms, such as Google, to better address online safety risks.

The Charter will be developed in 2019.

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