As the nation undergoes social isolation, Australian children are looking to their devices for entertainment, to connect with friends and for education purposes. While online mediums can increase connection, they also increase children’s exposure to potential risks including bullying and exploitation.
In this podcast Managing Partner, Sally Nicholes joins Lesley Podesta, CEO of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and Lesa Gale, Assistant Commissioner Northern Command of the AFP, to discuss online safety for children amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
Presented by Nicholes Family Lawyers
Alannah & Madeline Foundation links
Australian Federal Police links
ThinkUKnow, Australia’s first and only nationally-delivered, law enforcement-led online child safety program
Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE), an AFP-led centre targeting online child exploitation
Other useful links
Kids Helpline: a free, private and confidential telephone counselling service – 1800 55 1800
Parent line: a state-wide counselling and support service for all Victorian parents – 13 22 89 or 1300 272 736
Safe Steps: a domestic violence hotline service for women and children – 1800 015 188
WIRE Helpline: free support, referral, and information for all Victorian women (non-binary and gender diverse inclusive) – 1300 134 130
Relationship Space: an online program to help parents manage divorce