Crime Prevention & Community Safety

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 165–181

Children's cyber-safety and protection in Australia: An analysis of community stakeholder views

Original Article

DOI: 10.1057/cpcs.2012.4

Cite this article as:
Martin, N. & Rice, J. Crime Prev Community Saf (2012) 14: 165. doi:10.1057/cpcs.2012.4


Protecting children from the risks posed by negative influences in the online environment (that is, cyber-safety) is a growing concern within the Australian community. In this study, the views of 151 individuals and community stakeholder organizations, which represent the interests of children's cyber-safety in Australia, were analysed using content coding and analysis techniques. The analysis suggests that, given the accessibility of the online environment, stakeholders may need to exercise structured controls for child safety. In examining the major cyber threats and responses identified by the stakeholders, the study found that cyber-safety education and awareness programs are considered to represent the main effective and viable threat response. In addition, the research uncovered cyber bullying as a ‘whole of community’ problem that might be addressed through robust bullying prevention policies and programs, and improved resources and training for teachers, school principals and parents. The study notes that current policy directions for children's cyber-safety will need to flow through to every layer of the community.


crime preventioncyber bullyingcyber-safetyonline victimizationstakeholders

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Room 3.20, New CBE Building 26C, National Centre for Information Systems Research (NCISR), College of Business and Economics, Hanna Neumann Building 021, The Australian National UniversityACTAustralia
  2. 2.Room (G01) 3.54, Department of International Business and Asian Studies, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith UniversityAustralia