The Australian Government is partnering with US-based InternetSafety.com to provide parents down under with free access to the leading Internet filtering software, Safe Eyes. The move is part of the Australian Government’s extensive Internet safety initiative known as NetAlert – Protecting Australian Families Online.
Under the government plan, Australian families can choose between a limited number of vetted Internet content filters, including industry-leader Safe Eyes, which recently received PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award for the second consecutive year. The Government undertook an extensive evaluation and testing process to select the Internet content filters involved in the initiative. In addition, the Australian Government is conducting a widespread awareness and education campaign, providing a toll-free Internet-safety hotline and expanding the law enforcement team responsible for the prosecution of online predators.
Australia’s $189 million program is the first of its kind initiative launched by a nation’s government. “The global nature of the Internet and the way it transcends national borders makes it a unique challenge for governments around the world,” said Senator Coonan. “Despite these challenges, the Howard Government has been tackling the issue of offensive online content for more than seven years.”