June 23, 2021

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.

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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.

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[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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Learn More: Direct to Australian Children’s eSafety Commissioner Website

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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