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ECU cyber-safety report released nationally

Friday, 11 September 2009

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ECU’s Child Health Promotion Research Centre’s Review of Existing Australian and International Cyber-safety Research has today been released by Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

Commissioned as part of the Federal Government’s $125.8 million Cyber-Safety Plan, the report is the most comprehensive review of cyber-safety literature available.

The review clearly demonstrates that cyber-bullying is the most common risk associated with inappropriate contact and represents a real and important issue for young people in Australia.

Dr Julian Dooley, who completed the review, said the work addressed a large range of risk areas, ranging from those associated with online content, to those associated with contact facilitated by online means.

“This review provides a thorough and detailed overview of the risks associated with technology use, and will likely have important implications for many different sectors, particularly the education sector,” he said.

The report is available for download from the Department’s website at www.dbcde.gov.au/online_safety_and_security/cybersafety_plan/research

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