This submission from the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) discusses the role of libraries as important stakeholders in the promotion of a safer experience online for all Australians.
ALIA endorses and supports effective, practical and appropriate measures that assist Australians to manage their use of the internet. We believe that cybersafety education is one of the most effective strategies to manage content issues. Adequate funding of cybersafety education for children and parents should be a major component of the Government’s policy on online safety. The key to protecting children online is education, empowerment, supervision, and technology solutions informed by research and consultation.
A national coordinated approach that includes research, cybersafety education, effective policing of illegal content and appropriate technology solutions is required to meet the challenges of online harassment and security issues.