ThinkUKnow was started in the United Kingdom by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and was developed for Australian audiences by the AFP in 2009.
The program is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank, and is delivered in collaboration with New South Wales Police Force, Northern Territory Police, Queensland Police Service, South Australia Police, Tasmania Police, Western Australia Police and Victoria Police as well as Neighbourhood Watch Australia.
It is Australia’s first (and only) nationally delivered crime prevention program.
What we see, say, do online
Technology plays an important role in how young people maintain their friendships and communicate with those closest to them.
Technology is no different to anything else a young person encounters. They will make mistakes, and we need to be able to support them through this and arm them with the right information and empower them to make the right choices.
The internet is an amazing thing. It is almost the one stop shop for everything. It is a supermarket, it is a university, it is a doctor, it is an entertainment hub.
Ultrasound pics, baby pics, the first day of school pics – Parents today have encouraged the use of technology and placed their child right in the middle of it all before they can even crawl in some instances.
Through research and discussions, parents have told us they want to know what their children are seeing and doing online. We’ve developed advice on what children SEE, SAY and DO online. It is an easy way to remember what your children may encounter online, and the potential challenges they may face.
We all know the benefits technology brings to our lives, but it can also bring challenges.
There’s no need to panic — the best way to manage these are to KNOW what can go wrong and what to do if you get into trouble.
This section looks at these challenges and how to manage your online safety.