There is also a reporting function for Australians who come across illegal content online and the Office is taking the lead on tackling image-based abuse through an online portal and reporting tool.
As part of their privacy policies, social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and You Tube specify that users must be at least 13 years old. The minimum age stipulations are based on the requirements of the US Congress as set out in the The act specifies that website operators must gain verifiable parental consent prior to collecting any personal information from a child younger than 13 years old (O'Keeffe et al., 2011).
As a result, parents need to remain actively involved and vigilant regarding the nature of their children’s online activities, and to continue to communicate and negotiate with children and young people about their use of technology.
Parental involvement in the safe use of technology should start from a child's first use, and parents continue to be a critical influence in children and young people being responsible digital citizens and engaging in online activities safely.
This is particularly the case where little or no attention has been paid to monitoring use, communicating with children or young people about use or securing the device being used.Ninety-seven per cent of households with children aged under 15 years have access to the internet, with an average number of seven devices per household.