Fifty thousand preschool and primary school children aged four to six will receive vital education on the importance of safety in an online environment.
The Federal Government’s $9 million Online Safety Grants Program awarded the Netys the Trusted eSafety Friend’ program $381,147 to empower more children and young people to stay safe online.
The innovative early-years online safety education program provides services and educational resources to 1,000 preschools and schools for children, parents, and educators.
The project is one of nine initiatives to share in $2.25 million in funding in the third and final round of the grants program, which is led by the eSafety Commissioner and complements its existing education programs.
Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland said the not-for-profit sector plays an important role in supporting government to address complex social issues.
“These grants will help unlock each recipient’s unique expertise to create new channels and content addressing specific issues and age groups, helping us to reach more Australians with vital online safety education,” she said.
eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said she is excited to welcome nine new partners in online safety that share her passion for helping Australians to have positive and safe experiences online.
“We need to keep developing fresh ways to reach and educate Australians if we’re to keep pace with technology. Working with partners means more voices, more insights and more ways to inspire a generation of young people to scroll with safety online;”
The Online Safety Grants Program is a three-year program that supports the delivery of online safety education to children, young people and their communities, or training to those who work with them.
Grants between $80,000 and $1 million have been awarded to help non-government organisations deliver innovative online safety education projects, especially for at-risk audiences.
The program is led by the eSafety Commissioner and funded by the Australian Government.