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AFLW star Tayla Harris makes her mark on Safer Internet Day

February 9, 2021 Safeguarding children

This morning more than a hundred people from all corners of the country tuned in to learn some invaluable lessons around internet safety.

The Y’s National Safeguarding Unit teamed up with the eSafety Commissioner to host a free Safer Internet Day Virtual Event. AFLW star Tayla Harris also joined the conversation to share her struggles with cyber bullying and proved just how important it is to be kind online.

Harris’ story tied in with this years’ theme ‘together for a better internet’ which focuses on our shared responsibility to make the internet a kinder and safer place for all.

Listeners also heard from the eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman-Grant who shared some insights into the online world and vital tips on how we can change the conversation.

‘’We know that one in five Australian children experience cyber bullying and the average age is fourteen.

‘’Education is a key component of the work we do and a powerful tool for behaviour change,’’ said Inman-Grant.

CEO of Y Australia Melinda Crole said the virtual event is part of the Y’s ongoing commitment to ensuring children and young people feel safe with another exciting project launching Australia-wide in the next couple of months.

“At the Y we believe in the power of inspired young people, and for children and young people to be inspired they must be safe, and they must feel safe.

‘’So on March 29 we’ll be launching our ‘Stay Safe Online, Tell Someone’ campaign which includes eSafety resources for people of all ages backed by innovative research,’’ said Crole.

Be first in line to access the free eSafety resources. Register your interest here.

Those wanting to get involved with the project or share these resources with their local school or organisation can email

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