Australia: New Website Allows Youth to Report Cyber Bullying at Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Public Libraries
From The Canberra Times:
A new pilot website launched this week allows young people to report cyber bullying in ACT libraries, making it easier for the offensive material to be taken off the internet.
Staff from 10 libraries are being trained to help victims complete the eSafe Spaces cyberbullying complaint forms to be assessed by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.
The Children’s eSafety Commissioner Alastair MacGibbon said these figures are unacceptable and hopes to make Canberra libraries both a digital and physical sanctuary against online harassment.
[McGibbon] hopes to roll the program out to 1500 libraries nationally if the six-month pilot is successful in Canberra.
Representing the Minister for Communications, Senator Zed Seselja said the collaboration between eSafe Spaces, Libraries ACT and the ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance is in line with the government’s aim to protect children online.
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