Australian parents are being urged to talk to their children about how to stay safe online and the importance of respectful relationships.
The Australian Federal Police including the police service in the Australian Capital Territory, as well as police services in the Northern Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania, say it is ‘critical that for parents, caregivers and teachers to talk to their children about the importance of respectful relationships, both on and offline’.
The law enforcement agencies issued the statement after advising that a website encouraging users to upload explicit images of young women had re-emerged online.
The police services were working with government agencies, including the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, and international law enforcement bodies, to evaluate the offshore website and determine the appropriate course of action.
‘We must work together to educate and empower young people to use technology safely and responsibly,’
‘Giving young people strategies to say ‘no’ to inappropriate requests or to report suspicious behaviour are paramount to keeping them safe from harm.’
The police advised that the national ThinkUKnow cyber safety education program was focused on preventing children from being groomed or mistreated online.
‘For more information and to book a free cyber safety presentation, visit www.thinkuknow.org.au.
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