Year of achievement for Children’s eSafety Commissioner
26 July 2016
The Coalition’s pledge to protect
Australian children from cyber-bullying, online harassment and predatory behaviour
has reached an important milestone with the release of a 12-month report card by
the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.
The report card found that in its first
12 months of operation the Office has:
more than 59,000 students across Australia through Virtual Classrooms—video
presentations delivered online by the Office’s eSafety trainers.
face-to-face presentations to more than 71,000 Australians.
186 serious cyberbullying complaints, most commonly relating to girls (71%) and
predominantly involving harmful comments, name-calling and the posting of offensive
or upsetting images/videos.
more than 7,400 investigations into online child sexual abuse content.
over 2.9 million page views on its website.
The Office was established on 1 July
2015 following a commitment by the Coalition Government to address an issue of major
concern for Australian children, parents and schools. Research conducted by the
Commonwealth Government found that over a 12-month period, as many as one in
five Australian children aged eight to seventeen have experienced
Following its establishment the Office established
an online cyber-bullying complaints system, which has seen the Commissioner work
with large social media services to remove harmful cyber-bullying material
targeted at Australian children.
The Office has also worked closely with
students, parents and teachers to teach children how to act responsibly online
and to encourage safe, positive online experiences. The Office has developed a
wide range of resources to assist educators and parents, and developed advice and
education materials on how to best respond to cyber-bullying.
Resources for parents and educators, as
well as an online system to report cyber-bullying, illegal or offensive
material, are available at www.esafety.gov.au