Microsoft Australia’s long term commitment to keeping children safe online has been recognised at the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) ‘Play Your Part’ Awards Breakfast. The team were honoured to receive the ‘Outstanding Preventive Initiative’ award from the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, for the ThinkUKnow programme.

ThinkUKnow is a collaborative project initiated in 2009 involving Microsoft and the Australian Federal Police, proudly supported by Datacom and ninemsn. Their 260 volunteers are dedicated to creating a secure online environment for children through educating their parents and carers on how to guide their children to learn and interact safely online and on their smartphones. They also encourage caregivers and their children to include the Internet and their activities revolving around it as part of their daily conversations.

ThinkUKnow is an initiative that focuses its efforts on the parents and carers resulting in the safety and security of children online. This direction ties in with this year’s National Child Protection Week theme, “Protecting children is everybody’s business; play your part”. As long as more than 10 adults have indicated an interest towards this area, 2 volunteers will be sent down to conduct a presentation covering topics like Social Networking, Sexting, Cyber Bullying as well as where to go if help is required. With the use of Digital technologies, presentations can be delivered to every corner of the country.

Ann Stratham (Datacom), Paul De Araujo (Microsoft), Dr Jenny Cartwright (High Tech Crimes, AFP), Megan Mitchell (National Children’s Commissioner, James Braithwaite (Federal Agent, AFP)
Also in attendance was the Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, The Hon. Linda Jean BURNEY as well as other child protection authorities and organisations.