AFP, Microsoft expand online safety program

ThinkUKnow rolls out across Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory

The Australian Federal Police (AFP), Microsoft and Ninemsn have teamed up to further educate children about cyber safety.

The program, called ThinkUKnow, will provide free training sessions for parents and teachers on how to best protect children online, run by AFP and Microsoft volunteers.

AFP Commissioner Tony Negus said the paim of the program is to open the lines of communication between parents and children about online safety.

“The hope is that young people will be confident going to their parents when they have a problem online, and parents will have a better understanding of how to deal with these issues and where they can go for help,” he said in a statement.

“The AFP will also continue to work closely with industry, government and local and international law enforcement agencies to protect children online through education initiatives and operations against online sex offenders.”

The program, already operating in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT, will roll-outhe program in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory throughout 2010.

ThinkUKnow originated in the UK and was founded by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre.

For further information and resources visit www.thinkuknow.org.au.

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