Children’s eSafety Campaign
Keep children safe online while home schooling.
Crime Stoppers has joined forces with the eSafety Commissioner (eSafety) to rollout a national Child Protection campaign, to help combat child sexual abuse and unwanted contact online. This campaign is particularly relevant with increased online activity and home schooling as a result of COVID-19.
Crime Stoppers Tasmania CEO, Mrs Mariae Leckie, said the national campaign was relevant to all families with school aged children and today released a video on facebook for Tassie parents.
“There is no doubt that child sexual abuse material is rife on the internet, so it is more important than ever for parents and caregivers to be aware of the real and present dangers faced by children when they spend time online,” Mrs Leckie said.
“Predators are gaining increased access to children online through a range of popular apps, games and social media sites to solicit sexual images or video, or harm them physically. We want everyone to be vigilant and if you suspect or see something related to online child sexual abuse then report it immediately so action can be taken.”
In 2019, eSafety’s Cyber Report team concluded about 12,000 regulatory investigations into online child sexual abuse and other abhorrent violent material online.
eSafety Commissioner, Ms Julie Inman Grant, said research has shown that 1 in 4 young people have been contacted by a stranger online.
“Online child abuse and exploitation can happen in many ways. The predator could be a stranger, an ‘online friend’ your child has never met face-to-face, or someone they actually know – this is why we have developed strategies to help parents talk to their child before a predator does.”
Child sexual abuse material can be reported anonymously to the eSafety Commissioner at www.esafety.gov.au/reportillegalcontent
If you know or suspect someone is producing, downloading or sharing child sexual abuse material you can make a confidential report to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.crimestoppers.com.au