NetAlert's revamped Web site focuses on child protection

Following on from a $2 million funding allocation in the 2003/2004 Federal Government budget, NetAlert has relaunched its Web site, introducing new information on safe Internet surfing and protecting children from offensive online material.

“The NetAlert site is a one-stop shop for Internet safety advice,” said Karyn Hart, NetAlert chairperson.

The redeveloped Web site informs users about the dangers of chat rooms, cyber bullies, offensive Web sites and other potentially harmful Internet services, and also offers practical advice on how to deal with these issues.

As well as a collection of Internet safety links to information about safe Internet use, the NetAlert site also provides a toll free national Internet safety helpline, an e-mail advisory service and an inventory of ‘family friendly’ ISPs.

The Web site is expected to be a valuable resource for Internet Service Providers and Internet content hosts, informing them of their obligations and responsibilities under the online content co-regulatory scheme.

The new Web site is designed to complement a range of other measures put in place by the Australian Government to protect users and encourage safe Internet practices, such as the complaints mechanism and Net Detective education program.

Earlier this year, the IT industry expressed concerns that NetAlert would miss out on receiving funding from the Federal Government. Despite these fears, the Internet education group received $2 million worth of funding as part of the Federal Government's 2003/2004 budget, to be split over the next three years. This was down, however, from the $1.5 million of Federal Government funding previously allocated to NetAlert annually.

The NetAlert Web site can be found at: www.netalert.net.au

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