Data shows one in four young contacted by stranger online
The campaign will run as a pilot in NSW and is the first time a joint initiative between Crime Stoppers, NSW Police and eSafety has taken place. Aimed at parents and carers, the education and awareness campaign will focus on two key crime areas: Child sexual abuse material and unwanted contact online.
Crime Stoppers, the NSW Police Force and eSafety are asking the community to be vigilant online. If someone suspects or sees something related to online child sexual abuse, it should be reported immediately so action can be taken.
Predators are increasingly gaining access to children online through popular apps, games and social media sites to solicit sexual images or video, or harm them physically.
Research by eSafety has revealed one in four young people have been contacted by a stranger online. The joint campaign will help parents and carers understand the warning signs of unwanted contact, protect their child’s privacy online, and to report suspicious activity.
NSW Crime Stoppers CEO, Peter Price AM, says we cannot underestimate the valuable contribution the community plays in helping to stop, solve and prevent crime.
“Reporting these crimes enable authorities to shut down the illegal content and catch the offenders,” Mr Price said.
“We are asking parents to closely monitor their child’s online activity. If they see or suspect anything of a suspicious or uncomfortable nature, say something,” he said.
“A preferred outcome is prevention, so parents please monitor your child’s online activity and educate them on how to spot the danger signs.”
Crime Stoppers, in conjunction with eSafety, have developed a series of Education Fact Sheets on its website, nsw.crimestoppers.com.au, for parents and carers to download.