The “educational advertisements” law was introduced into the Australian Parliament in December 2017.
The bill is a response to the widespread misuse of the advertising system by students and their parents, and aims to tackle the growing problem of the “tampon wars”.
This is where young Australians use social media to organise events to gain publicity and earn cash, and this is where advertisers and marketing managers see an opportunity to make money.
The government has proposed the law to address the problem of child abuse on social media by providing penalties for anyone who uses social media as a “tool for promoting or selling goods or services”.
The legislation has been described as a win for children.
This is due to the fact that children are being “targeted” with these online advertisements by their parents.
The law aims to address these concerns by establishing a $200 fine for a first offence and a $2,500 fine for any subsequent offence.
The fine for first offence The $200 penalty is set at $300 and includes: a $250 fine for each day of activity on social networks that is used to promote, promote, advertise or advertise for a child or an adult (for example, a Twitter account) to promote a child’s or an older person’s education, or to promote or advertise the child’s health or fitness; a $500 fine if the behaviour is in breach of the child or older person provision of the Children and Family Services Act 1994; and a six-month conditional prohibition.
The $2.5 million fine for repeat offenders is also $300.
The other penalties are: up to a $300 fine if an individual uses a social network in a way that harms another person or property, or creates a reasonable apprehension of harm or a reasonable belief that harm is imminent, for a maximum penalty of $2 million, and up to an $800 fine if someone uses a public social media platform for an activity that is intended to promote an organisation, an event, a campaign or a cause, or for the purpose of intimidating another person.
The second offence can result in a maximum fine of $3 million.
The third and fourth offences are for each person, each day, for each activity.
A person cannot be fined more than $3,500 for the first offence.
Anyone who engages in an activity or communicates with another person through a social media account must take reasonable steps to prevent the activity from occurring in the future.
An individual who engages more than one person in an online activity cannot be found guilty of an offence.
Those found guilty face a $100 fine.
The Department of Education and Training says the legislation is being drafted to respond to the needs of schools and parents, but says it is not an “anti-bullying” measure.
However, the Department has warned that it could see parents and children being “scoffed” if it is too vague and it could lead to schools being closed down.
“We have seen schools and young people being ‘scooped’ out of their education if they are not aware that their parents are being prosecuted for an offence,” the Department said.
“If they have been given the wrong advice, or if their parent is in jail, then it is very difficult for them to be successful.”
What is the “Tampon Wars”?
‘Tampons wars’ are organised by parents and other members of the public to demand that the state or government give them a child to have as a child in order to keep the family together and raise a child.
This often happens during holidays, during summer holidays or when children are sick or injured.
Some parents organise these activities by putting up signs in their yards that say: “I’ll be there for you if you have a problem”.
“Tamps wars” are often organised by other parents to demand a child be removed from the family.
It can take years before the parents realise what has happened to their child and they become concerned for their safety.
In some cases, the behaviour can escalate into physical violence.
It is a legal grey area because the law doesn’t specify what constitutes a “tamps war”.
“It is very hard to prosecute,” the ABC understands.
However the Department of Social Services says there is a case law that indicates the maximum penalty under the law is $2m for the most serious offences.
In most cases, it is believed that the maximum fine is $3m.
The definition of a “social media network” Under the legislation, “a social media network is any website, app, website or service where a person may engage in the conduct of a person or entity in relation to an educational advertisement” and includes social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
The legislation defines a “public social media” as a website that has more than 100,000 followers, has more then 50,