As you know Mamamia are very passionate about the safety of our children online, which is why we were pleased to hear about the Abbott’s Government’s new approach to cyber safety.
The discussion paper, released today, by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Mr Paul Fletcher, sets out the Government’s intended approach to the issue.
Earlier today we spoke to the man responsible for the discussion paper to find out more about what the Government is intending to do.
Mr Fletcher is concerned at the alarming stories he has heard from children and parents about the devastating effects of kids being bullied online, in response the Government is considering:
- A Children’s E-Safety Commissioner;
- An effective complaints system underpinned by legislation that will remove harmful material from large social media sites quickly; and
- Consideration of a new simplified cyber-bullying offence.
We asked Mr Fletcher how this process might work in a real life situation.
He told us that, the purpose of these proposals is to provide a single point of contact for parents, teachers and students through the E-Safety Commissioner to ensure that the offending material is removed as quickly as possible to minimise any potential harm. Research shows that this best outcome for victims.
This method is modelled on the New Zealand approach to cyber-safety. Provided by NetSafe, a not for profit organisation, an informal mediation session for victims of cyber-bullying is conducted. It has proven to be very successful.
The Government works with large social media sites to develop an effective dispute resolution process, the aim is ensure that offensive material is removed quickly.