Telstra grants $2 million to reduce Web bullying

The Telstra Foundation is injecting $2 million into a new program to help reduce bullying and harassment of kids via the Internet and mobile phones. The foundation will provide three-year grants starting from $75,000 per year to organisations that help tackle cyber safety issues such as bullying, Internet addiction and identity theft.

"Sadly, there are more and more reported incidents of children and young people who are victimised at the hands of bullies or people doing the wrong thing online," Telstra Foundation chairman, Herb Elliott, said. "We want to reverse this growing trend, and support programs and research that help keep kids safe while they make the most of the exciting opportunities the Internet and mobile phones offer."

For more information about the Telstra Foundation Cyber Safety initiative, go to Applications for the grant close on April 4. Successful organisations will be announced in June.