Following is a letter to the GHFC, from the eSafety Commissioner, regarding an announcement in relation to an initiative to counteract the growth of 'Bullying and Violence', currently impacting with such devastating outcomes on our young adults:

Hello Charles and the GHFC, 

I wanted to let you know about some significant awareness activities and upcoming changes to our online safety resources being launched on the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. (Friday 15th March 2019).

Firstly, I am pleased to share the news that a major National Online Safety Awareness Campaign, run by the Department of Communications and the Arts, will commence later this week, including extensive advertising across television, radio, print and social media. 

The 'Start the Chat' campaign encourages parents, carers and educators to visit for information about how to approach online safety with 5-18 year olds.

To support the campaign, eSafety has updated our web content for parents and carers and will be re-branding it as ‘eSafety Parents.’ This includes up-to-date information and resources covering audience-specific online safety issues and concerns.     

The update is a pre-cursor to our broader website refresh scheduled for completion in mid-2019.

As part of this campaign, we are delighted to be launching our new eSafety logo and branding, which will be integrated into all of our content in coming months.

The National Online Safety Awareness Campaign represents an incredible opportunity to reach a broader range of Australians and make them aware of eSafety’s resources and services. 

We are grateful for your continued support and encourage you to Start the Chat with your own family and friends.

All the best,

Julie Inman Grant
eSafety Commissioner

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