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Sydney man to face court on child abuse charges

Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation > News and Media > Releases > 2020 > 7 Jul - Sydney Man


A 40-year-old Sydney man is due to appear before the Central Local Court on child abuse charges following an investigation by the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

The investigation commenced after the AFP-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation received a report from the United States’ National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) on 11 March 2020. The report – one of several allegedly linked to the man – related to the upload of child abuse material to an email account.

Investigators from the AFP’s NSW Child Protection Operations team executed a search warrant today (7 July 2020) at the man’s residence in Hillsdale, Sydney.

During the search warrant, a number of electronic items were seized for evidentiary purposes and will be subject to forensic examination.

The man was arrested and charged with:

  • 1 x using a carriage service for child abuse material (transmit to self), contrary to Section 474.22(1) of the Criminal  Code Act 1995 (Cth);
  • 2 x possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained or accessed through a carriage service, contrary to section 474.22A of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth); and
  • 1 x using a carriage service to transmit indecent communication to person under 16 years of age, contrary to section 474.27A of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
  • He faces a maximum penalty of 15 years’ imprisonment.

AFP Detective Acting Superintendent Simone O’Mahony said, while Australian perpetrators may think using and sharing online child abuse material is ‘a simple click of the button’, the impact on victims is immeasurable.

“One image can tell a story of physical harm and lifelong trauma. One image can tell a story of rape and torture,” Detective Acting Superintendent O’Mahony said.

“The fact our investigations frequently uncover hundreds and thousands of these photos is truly horrifying. We need Australians to realise that by using and sharing child abuse material online, you are complicit in this abuse.

“Today’s outcome is another example of our tireless work with domestic and international partners in making sure alleged perpetrators face the full force of the law.”

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button at www.accce.gov.au/report.

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19-year-old man charged with multiple child abuse offences

Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation > News and Media > Releases > 2020 > NT Man - 30 June


A 19-year-old man is scheduled to appear in Darwin Local Court today after the Northern Territory Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (NT JACET) charged him with multiple child abuse offences.

In late 2019, the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received a referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in relation to an online user allegedly transmitting child abuse material on multiple social media platforms.

The 19-year-old Darwin man was later identified as the alleged user of this online account.

In June 2020, the matter was referred to NT JACET, comprising of members from the Australian Federal Police and Northern Territory Police.

In that same month, investigators executed a search warrant on the man’s residence in Darwin, seizing mobile phones, USB storage devices and various children’s underwear.

The man was arrested and subsequently charged with:

  • One count possession of child abuse material, contrary to Section 125B, Criminal Code Act 1983 (NT), with a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment;
  • One count possession of child abuse material, contrary to Section 474.22A, Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), with a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment;
  • Three counts of transmit child abuse material, contrary to Section 474.22, Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) , with a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment;
  • One count of access child abuse material, contrary to Section 474.22, Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), with a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment; and
  • One count of unlawful possession, contrary to Section 61, Summary Offences Act 1923 (NT), with a maximum penalty of 12 months imprisonment.

AFP Child Protection and Human Trafficking Operations Detective Superintendent Paula Hudson warned perpetrators of this crime that accessing and sharing child abuse material on social media and other online forums “is not a simple click of a button”.

“This investigation is an example that your actions online have real world consequences. If you use or share child abuse material, you are implicit in the physical and emotional harm of children.

“Our work with domestic and international partners is key to targeting those involved in this horrendous industry and stopping them from causing further harm to victims of online child abuse,” said Det. Supt. Hudson.

Northern Territory Police Detective Sergeant Paul Lawson said: “This is another great example of a joint multi agency operation to identify and apprehend those who, by their actions, pose a serious risk to the safety of our community. Northern Territory Police and Australian Federal Police will continue to work together to this end.”

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button at www.accce.gov.au/report.

Note to media:

USE OF TERM 'CHILD ABUSE' MATERIAL, NOT 'CHILD PORNOGRAPHY'

Use of the phrase "child pornography" benefits child sex abusers because it:

  • indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser; and
  • conjures images of children posing in 'provocative' positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.

Every photograph captures an actual situation where a child has been abused. This is not "pornography".

Media enquiries:

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NT Police media: (08) 8985 8838

AFP dismantles Australian online network of alleged child sex offenders and helps young victims

Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation > News and Media > Releases > 2020 > Op-Arkstone


An Australian Federal Police-led investigation has smashed open a domestic online network of alleged child sex offenders, who are accused of abusing and exploiting Australian children and recording the horrific crimes to share with others.

Nine men in three states have been charged and at least 14 children have been saved from further harm, as a result of the national police investigation into individuals allegedly producing and sharing child abuse material.

Two men - aged 21 and 26 - from the New South Wales mid-north coast are the latest arrests in Operation Arkstone, which was launched in early 2020 after a tip-off from the United States’ National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children to the AFP’s Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE).

Yesterday (Thursday, 4 June), investigators from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Eastern Command Child Protection Operations and the New South Wales Police Force Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad and Mid North Coast Police Area Command executed search warrants at premises in the towns of Kendall and Old Bar.

The 26-year-old man was charged with two counts of sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10 years, two counts of produce child abuse material and two counts of possessing/controlling child abuse material using carriage service.

The 21-year-old man was charged with six counts of sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10 years and possess child abuse material.

Both men were refused bail and faced Kempsey Local Court today, where they were remanded in custody to appear at Port Macquarie Local Court on Thursday 10 September 2020.

Another seven men from NSW, Queensland and Western Australia have previously been charged as part of this investigation. The investigation began with the arrest of a man on the NSW Central Coast, and further analysis of material seized during that and subsequent investigations led to yesterday’s activity on the Mid North Coast.

Police allege that analysis of evidence seized during each arrest helped identify other suspected offenders.

AFP Assistant Commissioner for ACCCE and Northern Command Lesa Gale said police believe they have uncovered one of the biggest domestic child exploitation networks in recent times.

She said police would allege in court that some of the accused men had sexually abused children known to them and recorded videos and photographs of the abuse to share with others online.

“The efforts of all officers involved in the investigation has resulted in at least 14 children removed from harmful situations, and saved from abuse in the future,” Assistant Commissioner Gale said.

“We are continuing to try to identify other children who we suspect were preyed on by individuals in the alleged network.

“It is heartbreaking to think of any child being sexually abused, but it strengthens our resolve to hunt down perpetrators and bring them to justice.

“Sexual abuse has a devastating impact on children and their families, and that abuse continues each and every time an image or video showing that crime is shared.”

Assistant Commissioner Gale said the ACCCE, which is headquartered in Brisbane, uses a range of investigative techniques to help police across Australia track down anyone who preys on children – in person or online.

“Use of encrypted applications or systems will not enable you to stay anonymous – we have the capabilities and the will to track you down and arrest you.”

Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec, NSW Police State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Commander said investigating heinous crimes such as these is a priority for all law enforcement agencies.

“The despicable acts that we will allege in court that these men have committed are punishable with life imprisonment, such is this seriousness of the offences,” Det Supt Kerlatec said.

“Along with our partnering agencies, NSW Police will continue to be relentless in our efforts to put people who sexually abuse children before the courts.

“We understand the trauma connected to these crimes, and we want victims to know if they come forward to report incidents, we will act swiftly and investigate thoroughly to deliver them justice.”

State police in NSW, Queensland and Western Australia have been working with the ACCCE and AFP on the investigation. Investigations remain ongoing and further arrests and charges have not been ruled out.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button at www.accce.gov.au/report.

Access online safety information at https://www.accce.gov.au/resources

**Editor’s note: Arrest footage and infographics from this operation will be available to download via hightail through the AFP website.**

Notes to media:

Media are reminded of their obligations to protect the identity of child victims and victims of sexual assault under s15A of the Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987 (NSW) and s105 of the Children and Young Person (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW).

USE OF TERM 'CHILD ABUSE' MATERIAL, NOT 'CHILD PORNOGRAPHY'

Use of the phrase "child pornography" benefits child sex abusers because it:

  • indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser; and
  • conjures images of children posing in 'provocative' positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.

Every photograph captures an actual situation where a child has been abused. This is not "pornography".

Media enquiries:

AFP Media: (02) 5126 9297

Darwin man charged with child exploitation offences

Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation > News and Media > Releases > 2020 > 30-April-Darwin-Man


A 28-year-old man is scheduled to appear in Darwin Local Court after the Northern Territory Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (NT JACET) charged him with the alleged possession of child abuse material and destruction of evidence.

Using specialised training in child protection systems delivered by the US-based Child Rescue Coalition at the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) in Brisbane, officers from the NT JACET conducted inquiries into the online activities of a user allegedly accessing child abuse material via online networks.

Subsequent police investigations identified the user as residing in the Northern Territory.

On 20 April 2020 members of the NT JACET, with assistance from Northern Territory Police, executed a search warrant at a home in the Darwin suburb of Malak. Investigators seized a laptop and USB storage device which police will allege contain child abuse material.

On 28 April 2020, following further forensic analysis of the devices seized during the search warrant, NT JACET members attended the 28-year-old’s home and placed him under arrest. He was conveyed to the Palmerston Watch House where Police bail was refused. He is expected to appear before Darwin Local Court today (29 April 2020) for the alleged possession of child abuse material and destruction of evidence, contrary to sections 102 and 125B of the Criminal Code Act 1983 (NT). The maximum penalty for these offences are 3 and 10 years imprisonment respectively.

NT Police Detective Sergeant Paul Lawson said “this joint operation between the Northern Territory Police and Australian Federal Police shows that these online predators cannot hide when they commit these horrendous offences. We continue to work together to make the community safer for all Australian children.”

AFP Acting Commander ACCCE and Child Protection Operations Paula Hudson said the ACCCE used a range of investigative techniques to detect anyone who preyed on children online, or accessed abusive content and worked closely with state and territory partners to identify and charge perpetrators with online child sexual exploitation offences.

“Accessing and viewing child abuse material is not a victimless crime. Every image and every video is a child being horrifically abused and that abuse will stay with them for life. This material is repulsive and we will find those who support this industry and put them before the courts,” Acting Commander Hudson said.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button at www.accce.gov.au/report.

Law enforcement warn about continued online child sexual exploitation threat throughout COVID-19 pandemic

Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation > News and Media > Releases > 2020 > Covid-19-child-protection


The protection of children remains a high priority for the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) and state and territory police Australia-wide, with new resources and an online safety challenge launched yesterday.

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a number of online safety challenges for children and young people. Prevention is critical in countering the exploitation of children online, yet ACCCE research published earlier this year revealed that information seeking and discussion about online children sexual exploitation is generally only undertaken in response to a specific event.

AFP Assistant Commissioner for the ACCCE and Child Protection Operations Lesa Gale said the AFP, ACCCE and state and territory police will continue to work together to keep children safe during COVID-19.

“We want to reassure the community that we have bolstered our efforts, sharing of information and enhanced coordination to investigate online child sexual exploitation,” Assistant Commissioner Gale said.

“We released a national online safety challenge to Australians to help safeguard their families against online exploitation, and new online safety home learning resources for parents and carers as part of the ThinkUKnow program.”

Detective Superintendent Mark Wieszyk from South Australia Police’s Public Protection Branch said many children are spending more time on the computer.

“Accessing their education and communicating with friends remotely, parents are urged to keep a close eye on who their children are communicating with online,” Detective Superintendent Wieszyk said.

Officer in Charge of the Victorian Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET), Acting Inspector Karen Bennett, said it was important that even though many people may feel isolated at the moment, police are still able to receive and act on any reports.

“Children are potentially at further risk due to their isolation from schools, friends and community members who would otherwise been able to assist in mandatory reporting,” Acting Inspector Bennett said.

“However, there is still a strong police and law enforcement presence both in terms of being able to take reports from victims or in relation to any criminal activity, as well as investigating these reports.

Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec from the New South Wales Police Force Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad said while social media apps help young people stay in touch with friends and access educational material, they can also bring them into contact with strangers.

“Any app, online game, or social media platform that allows the user to be in contact with people they do not know can put children at risk,” Detective Superintendent Kerlatec said.

“NSW Police have increased their commitment to targeting those who use the internet to prey on our kids during this time – with specialist officers now working seven-days a week to monitor these activities.

Detective Superintendent Denzil Clark from the Queensland Police Service Child Abuse and Sexual Crimes Group said the new resources are a great way for parents and caregivers to take active and ongoing measures around online safety.

“This is so important in helping us stop, solve and prevent these types of child abuse crimes,” Detective Superintendent Clark said.

Detective Acting Inspector Nikala Parsons from the Tasmania Police Serous Organised Crime Division said that with the increased number of children at home and online, there are increased opportunities for children to become victims of online grooming.

“Prevention, through education and learning about online safety is recognised as a key factor in eradicating the exploitation of children. The resources provide an avenue for parents and carers to encourage open discussion,” Detective Acting Inspector Parsons said.

Detective Superintendent Rob Anderson Western Australian Police Force Sex Crime Division said the COVID-19 pandemic potentially presents more opportunities for offenders to exploit children via the internet and social media.

“It is vital that parents and carers be extra vigilant. With their help, WA Police remain focussed and committed to reducing threats to all children, and will continue to work closely with the ACCCE and other State and National partners in identifying, arresting and prosecuting those who prey on children and break the law,” Detective Superintendent Anderson said.

Seven day online safety challenge

The challenge involves a daily simple task for parents and carers to complete, to help kick-start their journey in helping protect their children.

To take part in the challenge, visit https://www.accce.gov.au/covid19 or https://www.facebook.com/ACCCEaus/ and https://twitter.com/ACCCE_AUS

New ThinkUKnow resources – home learning activity packs

New home learning activity packs support parents and carers and address the challenges associated with children spending more time online. To access the activity packs visit: https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/for-parents-and-carers

Hunter man charged with child abuse material offences

Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation > News and Media > Releases > 2020 > 23 April - Hunter man


A New South Wales man has been charged with several child exploitation offences following his arrest by Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers this morning.

The 29-year-old man is due to face Cessnock Local Court today (Wednesday 22 April).

The investigation began in November 2019 when the AFP-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received a referral from the U.S.

National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding an Australian user transmitting child abuse material via a cloud based service.

Subsequent police inquiries by the ACCCE and AFP Child Protection Operations identified a New South Wales man as the alleged user of the service.

A search warrant was executed at the man’s Kearlsey residence today (22 April) where he was arrested and charged. Several electronic items were seized during the warrant and will be subject to further forensic examination.

View the full media release at the Australian Federal Police website here: https://www.afp.gov.au/news-media/media-releases/hunter-man-charged-child-abuse-material-offences

WA man to face court for allegedly sharing child sex abuse videos

Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation > News and Media > Releases > 2020 > 22 April - WA Man


This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and Western Australia Police

A 48-year-old West Australian man accused of sharing videos online of children being sexually abused is expected to appear in Geraldton Magistrate’s Court today (Wednesday 22 April).

The man was identified after allegedly engaging in sexually explicit conversations about the abuse of young children with another person online, who was actually a covert investigator from the Australian Federal Police-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE).

Police allege the WA man was also distributing abhorrent videos of children being sexually abused and tortured on encrypted online messaging forums and allegedly hosted a group that was sharing child abuse material.

ACCCE investigators have been targeting offenders allegedly involved in posting, sharing and requesting child abuse material online and some of the groups they have monitored allegedly have more than 17,000 active members.

After allegedly identifying the 48-year-old man as the person they were conversing with, ACCCE investigators engaged the Western Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (WA JACET).

The WA JACET, comprising Australian Federal Police and WA Police Force investigators, tracked the man to the state’s Mid-West and executed a search warrant at his home yesterday (21 April).

He was arrested after officers allegedly found child abuse material on his mobile phone and details of an online account that matched those used to communicate with the ACCCE investigator.

The man has been charged with:

  • Using a carriage service to transmit child abuse material, contrary to section 474.22 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);
  • Using a carriage service to access child abuse material, contrary to section 474.22 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);
  • Possess child abuse material obtained from a carriage service, contrary to section 474.22A(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

The potential maximum penalty for these offences is 15 years’ imprisonment.

A detailed forensic examination of two mobile phones is ongoing.

AFP Western Commander John Tanti said it was unimaginable that young children were being degraded and tormented to satisfy depraved predators.

“The impact of sexual abuse continues long after the images or footage are recorded and we are working tirelessly to identify and prosecute anyone involved in the exploitation of children,” he said.

“Obscene conversations, like those alleged in this case, are also classified as child abuse material and can normalise the harm of children.”

AFP Acting Commander for ACCCE and Child Protection Operations Paula Hudson said the ACCCE used a range of investigative techniques to detect anyone who preyed on children online, or accessed abusive content.

“The sharing of such images and videos serves to drive the harm of children and we are working hard to stamp that out,” she said.

“We want to warn offenders that they cannot stay anonymous online and the COVID-19 crisis has not shifted our focus from tracking down anyone involved in this vile behaviour.

“We also want to remind parents and carers to talk to children about the games, sites and apps they are accessing – particularly as they spend more time online - because ACCCE investigators have data showing online predators are taking advantage of social isolation restrictions to search for more potential victims.”

The ACCCE is committed to stopping child exploitation and abuse and is at the centre of a collaborative national approach to combatting organised child abuse.

The Centre brings together specialist expertise and skills in a central hub, supporting investigations into child sexual abuse and developing prevention strategies focused on creating a safer online environment.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in the possession or sharing of child exploitation material are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button at www.accce.gov.au/report.

Law enforcement warn about online child sexual exploitation throughout holiday period and COVID-19 pandemic

Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation > News and Media > Releases > 2020 > Covid-19 Announcement


This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police, New South Wales Police Force, Queensland Police Service, Victoria Police and South Australia Police

The protection of children remains a high priority for the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) and state and territory police Australia-wide, with a number of arrests made and new resources available to support families to keep their children safe online this week.

Over the past month the ACCCE Child Protection Triage Unit has received reports from the community about children receiving inappropriate contact from adults online. This contact occurred across a range of social networking, video and image sharing, gaming and instant messaging apps.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the holiday period present a number of online safety challenges for children and young people, such as online grooming, unwanted contact and image based abuse, as they spend more time online with the possibility of limited adult supervision.

This week it was announced that police from around Australia executed 18 search warrants, laid 738 charges and arrested 16 people for a range of online child exploitation related offences. Authorities also removed four Australian children from further harm.

AFP Assistant Commissioner for the ACCCE and Child Protection Operations Lesa Gale said the AFP, ACCCE and state and territory police will continue to work together to keep children safe during COVID-19, including ongoing joint efforts during this time to ensure our children are safe.

“Some may mistakenly think that law enforcement is focussed on other criminal activities during this time. We want to reassure the community that we have bolstered our efforts, sharing of information and enhanced coordination to investigate online child sexual exploitation,” Assistant Commissioner Gale said.

“Law enforcement is seeing an increase in information sharing suggesting offenders will use the current isolation period to exploit and abuse children, including finding more potential victims online.”

“Today, we are launching a national online safety challenge to Australians to help safeguard their families against online exploitation. The ACCCE and the ThinkUKnow program have developed the seven-day challenge along with new online safety home learning resources for parents and carers.”

“Australian law enforcement is doing everything in its power to prevent online child sexual exploitation, but it’s not enough, we need parents and carers to play a lead role in protecting children.”

Prevention is critical in countering the exploitation of children, yet ACCCE research published earlier this year revealed that information seeking and discussion about online children sexual exploitation are generally only taken in response to a specific event.

Our message to online child sex offenders is simple — we are watching and if you offend against children physically or by engaging them online, we will find and charge you to the full force of the law.

Detective Superintendent Mark Wieszyk, South Australia Police’s Public Protection Branch, said many children are spending more time on the computer.

“Accessing their education and communicating with friends remotely, parents are urged to keep a close eye on who their children are communicating with online,” Detective Superintendent Mark Wieszyk said.

Officer in charge of the Victorian Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET), Acting Inspector Karen Bennett, said it was important that even though many people may feel isolated at the moment, police are still able to receive and act on any reports.

“Children are potentially at further risk due to their isolation from schools, friends and community members who would otherwise been able to assist in mandatory reporting,” Acting Inspector Bennett said.

“However there is still a strong police and law enforcement presence both in terms of being able to take reports from victims or in relation to any criminal activity, as well as investigating these reports.

“We recognise that children do need avenues to be able to report any abuse and we’d reinforce that those reports can also be made via Crime Stoppers (for anonymous reporting).”

Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec from the NSW Police Force Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad said while social media apps help young people stay in touch with friends and access educational material, they can also bring them into contact with strangers.

“Any app, online game, or social media platform that allows the user to be in contact with people they do not know can put children at risk,” Detective Superintendent Kerlatec said.

“NSW Police have increased their commitment to targeting those who use the internet to prey on our kids during this time – with specialist officers now working seven-days a week to monitor these activities.

“If children encounter something or someone they are not comfortable with online, we encourage them to speak to a person they trust, who can then let law enforcement agencies know.”

Detective Superintendent Denzil Clark from the Queensland Police Service Child Abuse and Sexual Crimes Group said the new resources are a great way for parents and caregivers to take active and ongoing measures around online safety.

“This is so important in helping us stop, solve and prevent these types of child abuse crimes,” Detective Superintendent Clark said.

Seven day online safety challenge

The challenge involves a daily simple task for parents and carers to complete, to help kick-start their journey in helping protect their children. The tasks include reviewing privacy settings, researching the apps and games their children use and creating an online family safety contract.

To take part in the challenge, visit the www.accce.gov.au and ACCCE on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ACCCEaus/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/ACCCE_AUS

New ThinkUKnow resources – home learning activity packs

ThinkUKnow has today released home learning activity packs to support parents, carers and children, and address the challenges associated with children spending more time online to provide further support to Australians during this time The activity packs address a range of topics, such as online supervision, unwanted contact and safer online interactions, through real case studies and prevention tips and activities that encourage open discussion. To get the activity packs visit: https://www.thinkuknow.org.au/for-parents-and-carers

ThinkUKnow is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Datacom, and Microsoft, and is delivered in collaboration with state and territory police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia.

For more information and access to tools, resources and advice, as well as reporting and support services, please visit, thinkuknow.org.au, accce.gov.au and esafety.gov.au.

Note to media:

USE OF TERMS ‘CHILD ABUSE’, NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY’

Use of the phrase “child pornography” benefits child sex abusers because it:

·       Indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser; and

·       conjures images of children posing in ‘provocative’ positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.

Every photograph captures an actual situation where a child has been abused. This is not “pornography”.

USE OF ‘ONLINE CHILD SEX OFFENDER’, NOT ‘PAEDOPHILE/PEDOPHILE’, ‘PREDATOR’ OR ‘MOLESTER’

Pedophilic Disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSM V) is classified as sexual interest in prepubescent children. Some victims of online grooming are not prepubescent, nor is having the disorder a criminal offence, unless it is criminally acted upon.

For online grooming offenders/offences use “online child sex offender” and avoid emotive terms such as predator and molester.

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