The online environment provides opportunities for our children, but also presents challenges when it comes to cyberbullying, inappropriate content and online safety.
Labor understands a multi-faceted approach is needed to protect children as they use the internet, including adult supervision, technological access-prevention measures and education.
It's crucial all kids can access resources and build skills that help them to be safe online.
A Shorten Labor Government will protect a new generation of Australian children from cyber risks by creating a new eSmart Digital Licence that would begin rollout from this year.
The new eSmart licence will arm Australian children with critical digital skills to stay safe online and promote discussion about online safety between young people and their parents, carers and teachers.
For years, Australian kids have been getting a pen licence as they learn to write - this is the pen licence for the digital world.
Developed by the Alannah & Madeleine Foundation, the eSmart Digital Licence is one of the most comprehensive online safety cyber resources available.
From 2019, Labor will deliver a pilot and evaluation of the licence, with a full national rollout to every student commencing from Year 3 in 2020.
Labor's priority is ensuring eSmart licences are available to all Australian children, regardless of what school they go to.
Labor understands and respects that schools are best placed to choose the programs that suit the needs of their children and communities. Labor's intention is to roll out the eSmart Digital Licence nationally so the resource is available for any school that wants to take it up.
Labor's commitment will cost $2.5 million and would flow from the 2019-20 financial year.
Further announcements will be made about future funding of the program following the evaluation.