Digital technology provides access to a world of information and communication but it can also leave us exposed to new risks such as cyberbullying, privacy concerns, data security and fraud vulnerabilities. We want everyone to get the best out of digital technology. Through our programs and those of our partners, we work to build the skills and confidence needed to help understand these risks and promote safe and positive digital experiences.
Online safety is about more than protecting us from online danger and personal risk. It’s also about creating a sense of belonging and standards of behaviour that enable us all to have a positive experience online. At Telstra we want to empower people to participate safely in the online world and provide the infrastructure and support that make it easy to do so.
Progress in FY17
- Through the Telstra Foundation, we helped to launch PROJECT ROCKIT Online, a new youth-designed digital classroom to tackle cyberbullying, and leadership program to engage students in years 7 to 9.
- Our eSmart Libraries partnership with Alannah & Madeline Foundation is now in 67 per cent of public libraries across Australia, 49 per cent in regional locations.
- Automatically activated Telstra Broadband Protect to protect devices connected to Telstra’s home broadband service from websites hosting known malicious content, scams or viruses, on Home Internet Bundles purchased after 23 August 2016. Telstra Broadband Protect also includes parental controls, device protection and social network protection.
For more information on our work in promoting cyber safety awareness, go to digital inclusion.