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ECU to conduct international review of cyber-safety

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Edith Cowan University (ECU) is set to undertake a major review of Australian and international research on cyber-safety.

Announced this week by Senator Stephen Conroy, Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, the project will be led by ECU's Professor Donna Cross, one of Australia's leading researchers in the field of child health.

The project will be undertaken through ECU's Child Health Promotion Research Centre, and will review current research on matters such as the nature and prevalence of cyber-safety issues, including cyber-bullying, online predators and the disclosure of personal information.

Professor Cross said her team will also explore views on the consequences of these risks, and what technical and behavioural measures can be used by children, parents and teachers to help reduce them.

"The project will be one of the most comprehensive and systematic reviews of evidence ever conducted in the area of cyber-safety," she said.

ECU's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, said the work of the Child Health Promotion Research Centre is of critical importance to students, parents and teachers.

"This research, and the practical application of its results, is helping to contribute to a safer world for the children of Australia," he said.

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