Government launches cyber safety button

The government has launched a Cyber Safety Help Button to encourage Australians to report cyber bullying and other online safety issues.

Schools and families can download the program, which appears in the taskbar or hovers above other applications. When clicked on, the user can choose whether to talk to a professional counsellor, report an issue or learn about online safety.

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy, said at the launch: "The internet offers our young people many exciting opportunities but there are also some dangers and the Help Button will provide valuable information for students, teachers and parents.

"There are some great cyber safety resources currently available and the Help Button brings them all together in a way that’s easily accessible for young people.

"The Cyber Safety Help Button provides a one stop shop for our children if they ever feel uncomfortable online and for parents and teachers that is very reassuring."

Social networking and online game websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and Moshi Monsters, are also participating in the scheme, which means people can report problems directly, Senator Conroy added.

Download the Cybersafety Help Button free of charge here.

Find more information on staying safe online here.