Safer internet

February 6 marks the 21st Safer Internet Day with a call to action for the whole community, including those in Sunbury and Macedon Ranges, to connect, reflect and protect.

Kids Helpline, a service of yourtown is part of a safety-net for children and young people who experience online safety issues, including cyberbullying, serious online abuse, and image-based abuse or pornography (sextortion).

yourtown chief executive Tracy Adams said the internet has become a fixture of young people’s lives and the importance of online safety cannot be overstated.

Ms Adams said yourtown is calling for a concerted action to tackle and prevent violence against children and young people online.

“We are very conscious of the sensitive information that children and young people share, and the responsibility we have to ensure that is protected,” she said.

“I am pleased to announce that CyberCX has entered a partnership with yourtown to assist us.”

CyberCX is the leading provider of end-to-end cyber security and cloud services, and its support will assist yourtown to strengthen and maintain cybersecurity defense now and into the future.

Empowering young people to be more digitally resilient and protecting them from the worst that the internet has to offer has never been more important.

yourtown want to remind everyone to; connect safely and with purpose, reflect before we act and protect ourselves and others by taking action.

Safer Internet Day serves as a reminder that the potential of misuse of personal information, network scanning and cyber-attacks are a real and present danger for all organisations.

CyberCX and yourtown have a shared purpose of securing our communities and a shared focus on empowering people to manage risk, build resilience, and grow confidently.