New website helps Australians stay safer online

From today Australians will 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 esafety.gov.au.

“Our practical advice is based on robust evidence and consultation with experts, ensuring parents and educators have the most effective risk-minimisation strategies and protections at their fingertips,” says Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner.

“The new layout also makes it easier for parents and carers to navigate to the main issues they’re concerned about.”

Research conducted by the eSafety Commissioner found 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 Morrison Government. We’ve committed to provide $100 million over the next four years to support online safety programs and initiatives that will help all Australians navigate the online world safely. This 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.”

“We know the experience of cyberbullying or image-based abuse is stressful enough, so we’ve made sure victims can report to us quickly and easily,” says Inman Grant.

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 over 1600 complaints concerning the serious cyberbullying of under-18s; 1500 adult cyber abuse reports, more than 1600 reports of image-based abuse; and 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. 

“I encourage Australians to visit the new esafety.gov.au to learn about how we can help you stay safer online,” says Inman Grant.

“The new hub cements Australia’s position as a global leader in online safety.”

For more information about online safety issues, advice and reporting visit www.esafety.gov.au.

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