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Protection against trolls - Latest NEWS!

Cybersmart has recently developed effective actions to help children and young people deal with the impact of trolling.

For more information visit Cybersafety Help Button:

In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. Reference: Wikipedia

Internet filter software

The Australian Government ended the NetAlert filtering scheme for Australian Citizens in 2009/2010. The Australian Government NetAlert website no longer exists as such, and doesn't offer or support the free filter software anymore. The government instead, has initiated Cybersmart as part of their online cybersafety program. Cybersmart was developed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) which is a statutory authority within the federal government portfolio of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

Visit Cybersmart for more information and resources on how to help protect children and families while surfing the internet safely Cybersmart

The Cybersafety program has training and resources available for schools as well as materials for library staff.

  • There are specific areas of interest for various Internet users for example:
    • Anti-bullying information including dealing with online trolls
    • Social media monitoring
    • Inappropriate content
    • Cybersmart fun games
    • Materials and resources for schools, parents and carers

The Cybersafety Help Button

The Australian Government's Cybersafety Help Button provides internet users, particularly children and young people, with easy online access to cybersafety information and assistance available in Australia. It offers counselling, reporting and educational resources to assist young people deal with online risks including cyberbullying, unwanted contact, scams and fraud, and offensive or inappropriate material.

The help button is a free application that is easily downloaded onto personal computers, mobile devices, and school and library networks.

All you need do is choose one of the installation options. Once the help button is installed, you can access it anytime for help or advice about something unsafe or upsetting that you have encountered on the internet.

To find out more information and to download visit Australian Government's Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy click image to navigate to their website.

Friendly Family Filters

The Internet Industry Association (IIA) is a non-profit, private sector industry body that has a guide for internet users. IIA helps develop best practice rules for the Australian industry and then approval by the Australian Government.

There are numerous family friendly filter programs available that meet the IIA industry standards.

Visit Internet Industry Association for more information and resources on family filter software Internet Industry Association

ACORN Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network

To avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime, we all need to accept responsibility for our own security and safety online. This means using safe online practices and being aware of the ways that criminals try to obtain personal information online. There are some practical things you can do to help protect against and prevent cybercrime, including:

1. being on the lookout for email scams
2. securing your computer from cybercrime attacks
3. staying safe on social media
4. exercising caution when shopping online
5. keeping your personal information protected
6. adopting strategies to prevent exposure to inappropriate online content.

For more information and advice about how to protect yourself online, you may wish to consider The Golden Rules for Online Safety developed by the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency

Visit and download their PDF documents.

You should also visit Stay Smart Online. If you have been a victim of cybercrime, please view the ACORN support page for information about services available to help you.

Reference December 2014: Source of information available from ACORN

Last Updated on: 11/01/2015