This section provides you with information on issues relating to online safety, such as how to protect your children from inappropriate Web sites, and how to ensure the security of your home computer on the Internet. Also in this section is information on the regulatory regime governing the Internet in Australia. We encourage you to read the following information and if your have any further questions please contact the relevant bodies listed, or Soul on 13 14 23.
At Soul we are proud to promote positive user relations with the Internet Industry by encouraging the awareness of the Internet Industry Codes of Practice.
The Internet Industry Codes of practice can be viewed by clicking here. The codes of practise are registered with and monitored by the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA), for further information regarding the ABA see below.
About the IIA
The Internet Industry Association is Australia's national Internet industry organisation. Members include telecommunications carriers; content creators and publishers; web developers; e-commerce traders and solutions providers; hardware vendors; systems integrators; banks, insurance underwriters; Internet law firms, ISPs; educational and training institutions; Internet research analysts; and a range of other businesses providing professional and technical support services. On behalf of its members, the IIA provides policy input to government and advocacy on a range of business and regulatory issues, to promote laws and initiatives, which enhance access, equity, reliability and growth of the medium within Australia.
Postal Address for all correspondence:
PO Box 3986,
ACT 2603 Australia
Phone: (02) 6232 6900
Fax: (02) 6232 6513
The ABA is working with the Internet industry and the community advisory body NetAlert to help ensure that people's use of the Internet is a positive experience and children, in particular, are protected from material that is unsuitable for them. While the Australian community recognises the enormous potential of the Internet and believes there are more advantages than disadvantages, many people also believe that there are risks.
View the ABA web site by clicking hereComplaints
Phone: 1800 226 667 (Australia only)
Fax: (02) 9334 7799
One of the ways of minimising the risk of illegal and/or offensive content, and managing your children/s use of the Internet, is to use a content filtering software product. The IIA provides a list of approved content filtering solutions on their website, and as shown below:
A chat room or Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a place on the Internet where people with similar interests can meet and communicate together by typing messages on their computer. The messages in a chat room appear instantly to everybody who is connected to that particular chat room. As chat rooms are a potential danger to children there are a few guidelines that they should follow. Netalert recommends the following should be used as a guideline.
The ABA’s website, Cybersmart Kids Online is a must for kids who use the Internet. The website particularly has a list of rules pertaining to what children should do and what they should be aware of when surfing the Internet. These rules can help educate children about what to do and what not to do online. To visit these rules, click here.
For further information you should visit the Netalert website at www.netalert.net.au
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