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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 403. Updated Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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Plan to make internet safer for kids connects

The Department of Communications has received a wide range of submissions in response to its Discussion Paper on Enhancing Online Safety for Children.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher said he was pleased with the detailed submissions received.

Mr Fletcher said a discussion paper was designed to attract feedback, and the Department had received a range of inputs, including industry players, child safety advocates, school organisations, youth organisations, those with specialist legal and policy expertise and other stakeholders including Australians concerned about cyberbullying.

Strong feedback to Discussion Paper

"It is clear that all stakeholders share the same objective, that is, to protect children from online dangers such as cyberbullying," he said.

Mr Fletcher said the proposed measures, first outlined in the Coalition's policy to Enhance Online Safety for Children campaign - included establishing a Children's e-Safety Commissioner; an effective complaints system, backed by legislation, to get harmful material pulled down quickly from large social media sites; and examining whether there is a need for a new, simplified cyberbullying offence.

"I welcome the input we have received in these many thoughtful submissions, which will be carefully considered as we proceed to develop legislation," he said.

The submissions are available on the Department of Communications website at this PS News link.

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