Commonwealth Bank joins ThinkUKnow cyber safety program to keep children safe
The Commonwealth Bank Group has signed onto the ThinkUKnow cyber safety program to help keep Australian children safe online.
Ninety-five per cent of children use the internet regularly, with eight-year-olds online daily, and for 41 per cent of children it serves as their ‘second screen’ between 7 and 9pm on school nights. A growing number are engaging with ‘friends’ and ‘followers’ via Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat and Kik.
The Commonwealth Bank will now help to promote the ThinkUKnow program and provide volunteers to deliver cyber safety sessions across the country, in partnership with law enforcement officers and founding industry partner Microsoft and Datacom, as part of a three-year sponsorship agreement.
Since the ThinkUKnow program launched in 2009, more than 37,000 parents, carers, teachers, and community members have participated in the initiative.
ThinkUKnow delivers training to parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia on how to make the online experience safer for children.
Minister for Justice Michael Keenan attended Sydney’s Malabar Public School with Commonwealth Bank CIO David Whitening, AFP Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton, Microsoft Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs for Microsoft Australia and New Zealand Jason Ryning and School Principal Neil Atwell, to officially announce Commonwealth Bank’s support, and speak to students about cyber safety.
AFP Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton said as kids continue engaging online using various social media accounts, usually several at a time, we need to make sure we educate caregivers and children of the risks.
“The AFP, together with our industry and police partners, remain committed to ensure the safety of all Australian children online and making the internet a safer environment for our digital generation,” Deputy Commissioner Ashton said.
“It is crucial we empower parents and carers and give them to tools and strategies to help keep our kids safe in online environments.”
Commonwealth Bank Chief Information Officer David Whiteing said he was proud to support the award-winning cyber safety program, delivered in partnership with the Australian Federal Police and industry.
“From our involvement with the program to date, we can already see how big a difference it makes and how grateful parents and teachers are to have this this kind of support,” Mr Whiteing said.
“Commonwealth Bank has a long history supporting Australian people and communities, and we want everyone to be in a position to make the most of the digital opportunities available.
“By helping children and their parents become more aware of digital technologies, both the opportunities and the risks they represent, we give them a stronger foundation to a rewarding and positive digital life.”
Microsoft Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs for Microsoft Australia and New Zealand, Jason Ryning said Microsoft was proud to welcome the Commonwealth Bank to the ThinkUKnow program.
"On average, a ThinkUKnow presentation occurs every weeknight of the year. With the recent addition of State and Territory Police, Neighbourhood Watch Australasia and today, the now Commonwealth Bank, ThinkUKnow is set to soar to record heights with more volunteers, reaching more people and keeping more children safe online."
The ThinkUKnow brand was originally developed by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), a division of the National Crime Agency in the UK and is licenced in Australia to the Australian Federal Police.
ThinkUKnow Australia is a law enforcement and industry partnerships, incorporating the AFP, Microsoft Australia, Datacom and now Commonwealth Bank.
ThinkUKnow is delivered in partnership with:
• Neighbourhood Watch Australasia
• Northern Territory Police
• Queensland Police Service
• South Australia Police
• Western Australia Police
• Tasmania Police
• ACT Policing.
ThinkUKnow, together with its partners, aims to educate both adults and young people about the risks online and how to create a safer online experience for young people.
For further information and resources on ThinkUKnow or to register your school for a free presentation, go to www.thinkuknow.org.au.