This gives our children who experience serious cyberbullying on a social media service some chance of support and action.
Headed by Alastair MacGibbon, the Office will play a key role in helping guide those under 18 toward safe, enjoyable experiences online.
"Our goal is a clear one: create an online environment in which cyberbullying of children is truly unacceptable," said Commissioner MacGibbon.
"More than one in five children between the ages of 8 and 17 report cyberbullying experiences per year*, and just over 930,000 Australian children accessed social media sites in April this year alone** ,” he said. “It’s clear that regular social media engagement is now a normal part of a child’s life and children need strategies to become resilient digital citizens as well as a safety net for when things go wrong."
Under the new arrangements, social media companies remain the first port of call for children who want cyberbullying material taken down. If the material is not removed within 48 hours, they can come to the Office to complain.
For online safety information and resources, or to make a complaint about cyberbullying material or illegal online content, visit www.esafety.gov.au.