Working with the Australian Federal Police to keep children safe

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Alannah & Madeline Foundation formalised its partnership with the Australian Federal Police during National eSmart Week, which is dedicated to building cyber safe communities.

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin with Lesley Podesta, Deputy Commissioner Operations Leanne Close, National Manager Crime Operations, Assistant Commissioner Debbie Platz, Manager Victim Based Crime, Commander Lesa Gale and a/National Coordinator, Missing Persons and Exploited Children, Rhiannon McAdie.

CEO Lesley Podesta says that she sees this as a wonderful opportunity to promote online safety through the Foundation’s eSmart Schools, eSmart Libraries and Connect programs.

“We are looking forward to working together to keep children safe. This relationship is key to help drive greater awareness about online safety and protecting our children.”

The Foundation has been working in the field of cyber safety and digital literacy for the past decade, Ms Podesta says.
“In many respects, cyber safety is the ‘child protection issue of our time.’

The Foundation will also be collaborating with the Australian Federal Police on a range of joint initiatives, such as the National Centre Against Bullying biennial conference and National Child Protection Week.

“We’ll also be collaborating on the AFP’s online safety education program, ThinkUKnow, in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank, Microsoft and Datacom Australia,” Ms Podesta says.

“We’re thrilled to know the AFP will work hand-in-hand with the Foundation to raise awareness of online grooming, risks, trends and issues affecting young people online, and to dispel popular myths.”


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