News

New program 'helps protect children using social media'

A NATIONAL initiative to clamp down on cyber bullying does not yet include social media site Twitter, with the Prime Minister calling on the company to join up.

PM Julia Gillard on Wednesday launched the voluntary program, which includes guidelines for social networking sites, to help stop cyber-bullying.

But despite social media giants Facebook, Google, Yahoo! and even Microsoft signing up, the instant messaging system Twitter has not.

Ms Gillard said the new program would help protect children who were using social media from the risks associated with social media.

"This commitment is about protocols and guidelines which sets out clear information about the acceptable use of these environments, education and awareness-raising about what is acceptable and not acceptable behaviour online," she said.

"And I do call on Twitter to replicate what has been done by other major social media companies, and embrace these guidelines."

The new program was part of the Federal Government's response to a Senate inquiry last year, which laid out the many safety risks of using social media.

Ms Gillard said the program would be rolled out to 600,000 children in 3500 Australian schools.

Topics:  cyber bullying julia gillard social media



Relief from hot, sticky conditions on its way

Chance of a Saturday afternoon storm

LOOK WHO'S HIRING: Six Ipswich jobs up for grabs

12/03/09  181407Business cover.search for jobs jobseeker unemployed careerMICHAELA O'NEILL/ SUNSHINE COAST DAILY

Plenty on offer for multiple skill and experience levels

Local Partners

JK Rowling rules out Cursed Child trilogy

JK Rowling has ruled out a 'Cursed Child' movie trilogy

Buckley's chance in psychological thriller

James McAvoy and Betty Buckley in a scene from the movie Split.

Broadway veteran back on big screen with James McAvoy

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Lisa Marie Woodham will be giving readings in Gladstone until Saturday January 21.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Chopper's Republic of Ipswich

HELLO: Chopper will perform his new show Anzakistan at the Racehorse Hotel next month.

Popular character returns

Buderim man strips off for speed dating with a twist

RAW AMBITION: Buderim local Jackson pictured with his blind date Candice in a scene from SBS's new dating show Undressed.

People have done stranger things for love

Ipswich house prices looking up in "seller's market”

Region's median house price climbed 1.4% to $325,000 and the median unit price fell 13.8% to $235,000 in the September quarter.

Median house price climbs 1.4% to $325,000 as unit price falls 13.8%

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

Work to be done before Hungry Jack's opens

Roadworks outside the Hungry Jack's restaurant at Brassall must be completed before it opens.

Ipswich residents will have to wait for their Whoppers

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!