Federal Member for Blaxland Jason Clare MP today visited Christ The King School to remind teachers and students about the importance of internet safety.
“Children are vulnerable to predators on the internet who seek to exploit them without the knowledge of their parents or teachers,” Mr Clare said.
“Australian research shows about 17.4 per cent of children have experienced at least one issue relating to cyber-safety or e-security.
“That’s why the Australian Federal Police have developed the ThinkUKnow campaign to educate families and schools about internet safety.”
The ThinkUKnow campaign is a partnership between the AFP and Microsoft with support of Ninemsn.
It involves presentations to students, parents and teachers by trained volunteers and specialist AFP officers.
Principal of Christ the King School in Bass Hill, Maureen Jones, is very supportive of the program.
Christ the King School has registered for the program and is looking forward to having trained volunteers and specialist AFP officers come to the school to teach parents, teachers and students how to use the internet safely.
“The internet is an important part of a child’s education,” Mr Clare said.
“It’s important that parents and teachers are aware of the potential risks to children on the internet and know how to make sure they use it safely.
“Awareness is the best weapon against on-line predators.”
Mr Clare encouraged parents, teachers and young people to visit the ThinkUKnow website for safety tips and to report abuse at www.thinkuknow.org.au.
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