[LINK] RFI: Joint Select Ctee on Cybersafety

stephen at melbpc.org.au stephen at melbpc.org.au
Thu Mar 10 18:31:42 AEDT 2011

Hello Roger, Tony and all

By FAR the best approach to online child safety is one of *education*
for and of children. And I'm sure many Linkers might well agree. Hence,
as governments, schools & teachers especially (as well as some parents) 
have already done MUCH in the area, one would suggest you might best be
advised to concentrate on this Ed area. If you've time perhaps you might
contact professional people working in this child cyber safety area. For
example, one good person might be Tony Richards, who writes, just today: 

> From: Tony Richards <tony at itmadesimple.com> 
> To: Professional community for teachers<oz-teachers at rite.ed.qut.edu.au> 
> Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2011 22:39:59 +1100 
> Subject: Re: [Oz-teachers] QUERY: what sites are blocked for you?(snip)

.I do a large amount of cyber safety sessions with schools and students
and from my experience the students that have worked in an open Internet
environment are by far better equipped with skills and knowledge to make 
smart decisions when they are online.



> [At least TomW, Karl Auer and Robin Whittle will have a giggle over 
> this.  When was the Harradine 'Dirty Bulletin Boards' Committee? 
> 1996?
> http://www.rogerclarke.com/II/CensCope.html#FrCF ]
> I've been invited to give 5 minutes' evidence, in my personal 
> capacity, prior to becoming available as the conservatives' 
> whipping-boy.
> I'd appreciate any leads on:
> -   the current state of play in the Committee and its deliberations
> -   pressure-points worth considering
> -   clear and short expositions of filtering issues
> One of the key things I need would seem to be:  what collateral 
> damage would arise from such a scheme that would convey **to 
> conservatives** that there are risks involved in doing this, not just 
> in not doing it?
> Q:  Surely you support doing absolutely anything that will stop kiddies
>      being harmed?
> A:  Not if (a) it won't do that, and (b) it will do a lot of harm
>      in other ways, such as ...
> Monday 21 March 2011 ,11:30-12:00
> Joint Select Ctee on Cyber-Safety
> Inquiry into cyber-safety issues affecting children and young people
> "You will be invited to give a five minute opening statement in which 
> to highlight the factors you consider key to the inquiry, followed by 
> a discussion prompted by questions from Members of the Committee".
> The ToR are reasonably broad:
> http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/jscc/tor.htm
> But verbally, I understand that their primary interest is filtering.
> There have been 6 hearings to date, but this may be (one of?) the 
> last.  And I happen to be at the end of the session (so there's scope 
> for even more, or even less, impact).
> http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/jscc/index.htm
> http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/jscc/members.htm
> http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/jscc/media.htm
> http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/jscc/subs.htm
>        (121 plus supps.  There's no way I can read all that!!)
> http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/jscc/hearings.htm
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