The Cybersafety Help Button

The Cybersafety Help Button is a new Australian Government initiative designed to keep children and families safe online.

The Cybersafety Help Button was developed in consultation with the Government’s Youth Advisory Group and the Consultative Working Group on Cybersafety, which Microsoft is a member of.

“There are times when young people using the internet need help and advice on how to handle a situation that disturbs them—such as when they are subjected to cyberbullying, or receive other unwanted contact, or see content that is upsetting. The downloadable cybersafety help button is a shortcut to help and advice for young people. Once downloaded to a computer desktop, help and advice is only a double-click away.” http://www.dbcde.gov.au/online_safety_and_security

The help button is a free application that is easily downloaded onto personal, school and library computers. It provides help and advice on a range of online risks including cyberbullying, unwanted contact, scams and fraud, and offensive or inappropriate material.

Cybersafety help buttonOnce downloaded, the help button sits on the computer desktop or within the taskbar. When the button is clicked, users are taken directly to a web page where they can talk, report or learn about cybersafety issues.

The talk function gives a link to Kids Helpline. Users who are worried by cyberbullying or offensive online behaviour or content can phone or chat online to a professional counsellor.

The report function offers direct links to pages on social networking sites. There are also links for reporting scams, fraud, inappropriate websites and improper behaviour and for contacting the Australian Federal Police.

The help button can be downloaded for free here.

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