A partnership between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Microsoft, ThinkUKnow, has received an award from the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse (NAPCAN).
The award comes in National Child Protection Week, an annual event aiming to raise awareness that the well-being and safety of Australia's children is everyone's responsibility.
ThinkUKnow, which is also supported by Datacom, ninemsn and the Northern Territory Police Force, educates parents and carers of children around Australia on how to stay safe online.
The program aims to open the lines of communication between adults and children so that activity on the internet is as much a topic of discussion as what happened at school that day or in sport.
National Manager High Tech Crime Operations at the AFP, Assistant Commissioner Tim Morris said he was very pleased that the ThinkUKnow program had been recognised as a successful initiative for keeping children safe online.
"The national award recognises the important role ThinkUKnow has played in creating safer online communities for children and young people," Assistant Commissioner Morris said.
Chief Security Advisor at Microsoft Australia, James Kavanagh said almost every night of the week, ThinkUKnow volunteers travelled to schools and workplaces across Australia, helping parents understand a range of online issues and how best to ensure their children can learn and interact safely online.
During 2012-2013, the AFP's Child Protection Operations team arrested or summonsed 92 child sex offenders on more than 204 child sex offence charges.
The theme for this year's National Child Protection Week campaign is Protecting Children is Everybody's Business; Play Your Part". Further information about ThinkUKnow can be found at www.thinkuknow.org.au
Edition 378, 10 September 2013