Australia to establish youth advisory council for countering online child exploitation

Australia will create a new panel consisting of Australian youths and young adults that will provide consultation to industry and government about how to approach regulating online platforms.

“Young people know better than anyone about the good, the bad and the plain ugly that exists in the online world,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. “They are the first generation of Australians to grow up living simultaneously in both the real and digital worlds, and they are always at the forefront of new technologies.

“This is something that so many parents, and indeed decision makers, don’t always understand, because we haven’t lived this experience like they have. This is why there is no one better placed to tell us what needs to change and how, than this generation of young Australians.

The Online Safety Youth Advisory Council will comprise of up to 20 young Australians, aged between 13 and 24, who will be drawn from a “wide range of backgrounds” to provide feedback to government on the challenges and solutions to online safety issues impacting young people.

The council will be coordinated by eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant, who will commence the selection process for council members in January.  

The members will participate

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