Article by Ken Lay September 4, 2013:
I want you all to imagine something with me. Imagine that each week an Australian is murdered at a train station.
That each week, someone’s brother or sister; mother or father is violently killed getting on or off a train. Picture it?
Now picture the public response.
It would be a front-page news story in each of our capital cities. Police would flood our stations, while people would avoid public transport in favour of private cars. Congestion would quickly become a major problem, as the number of cars on the roads increased. The word “crisis” would pepper our talkback.
Can you imagine it?
Now I have another figure — a real figure — that I think is just as horrific. A figure that is just as worthy of galvanising our sympathy and outrage. But it doesn’t.
The figure is this: every week a woman is murdered by her partner or ex-partner.
Every week this happens.
Now, our public response isn’t at all like we imagined it would be if those victims died not in their family rooms but at train stations.
ThinkUKnow Partners: From the left, Ann Statham, Datacom Australia; Paul DeAraujo Head of Citizenship, Microsoft Australia, Dr Jenny Cartwright, Coordinator Strategic Initiatives, AFP, Megan Mitchell, National Children’s Commissioner, Federal Agent James Braithwaite, Cyber Crime Prevention, AFP.
ThinkUKnow, a partnership between the AFP, Microsoft and Datacom, that is an Internet safety program delivering interactive training to children, parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia which is helping to bridge the gap between the tech-savvy Gen Y and their parents.
Program Coordinator, Dr Jenny Cartwright, received NAPCAN’s Play Your Part award on behalf of the initiative yesterday, during a breakfast event hosted by NAPCAN at UBS Australia in Sydney. NAPCAN CEO, Richard Cooke, who attended the event, said the protection of children from online risks requires more attention considering how accessible the Internet is for young users. “It is exceedingly important to create safer communities for Australian children and in recognising the contribution initiatives like ThinkUKnow makes in helping to make safer communities both on and offline,” said Mr Cooke. “National Child Protection Week is about engaging the community to raise awareness about how we can better protect children. Virtual interactions can produce real-life risks so it is essential that parents understand how kids are using online programs.” Chief Security Advisor of Microsoft Australia James Kavanagh said he is pleased to see the ThinkUKnow partnership and the dedicated volunteers recognised for their hard work over the past few years. “Almost every night of the week, ThinkUKnow volunteers travel to schools and workplaces across Australia,” Mr Kavanah said. “They help parents understand a range of online issues and how best to ensure their children can learn and interact safely online. The award recognises the enthusiasm of parents and the dedication of over 260 volunteers.”