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Federal Goverment prepares new laws to tackle cyberbullying on social media

Federal Goverment prepares new laws to tackle cyberbullying on social media

Children's e-Safety Commissioner will have power to force cyberbullies to take offending material down

Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull with Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communicatoins, Paul Fletcher.

Communications Minister, Malcolm Turnbull with Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communicatoins, Paul Fletcher.

The Federal Government is on the hunt for a Children's e-Safety Commissioner and is preparing new laws to force social medial sites to remove harmful cyberbullying material.

The government is preparing legislation to enhance online safety for children to be ready for introduction to Parliament by the end of the year.

Communciations minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said the Coalition had begun the process to select a Children’s e-Safety Commissioner to take a national leadership role in online safety for children.

"The Abbott Government is delivering on its election promise to enhance online safety for children, and we are working to have legislation ready to introduce into Parliament by the end of the year.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher, said the package would also implement the government's commitment to ensure there was an effective complaints system, backed by legislation, to get harmful cyberbullying material that targets Australian children removed from large social media sites.

The Commissioner will also have the power to issue a notice requiring the person who posted the cyberbullying material to take it down.

If the person does not comply the Commissioner will be able to refer the matter to police.

The Commissioner will administer funding of $7.5 million for online safety programmes in schools and $0.1 million to support Australian-based research and information campaigns on online safety.

The Commissioner will take a national leadership role in children’s online safety initiatives across government to develop and implement policies to improve safety for children online.

The Office of the Children’s e-Safety Commissioner will also work closely with agencies including the Australian Federal Police, state and territory police and other stakeholders including the internet industry, child protection organisations, and parent and teacher associations.

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