[Offtopic] New Cybersmart Website
stephen at melbpc.org.au
stephen at melbpc.org.au
Mon Jul 13 16:42:16 EST 2009
ACMA media release: 13 July www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD..PC/pc=PC_311800
New Cybersmart website provides gateway to online safety resources
Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the
Digital Economy, today launched the Australian Communications and Media
Authoritys new Cybersmart website .. an important initiative under the
Australian Governments Cybersmart education program.
www.Cybersmart.gov.au represents an Australian 'first' in cybersafety
education, that includes a Schools Gateway, as well as a single access
point for cybersafety advice across a range of target audienceschildren,
parents, libraries and schools.
The Minister joined the Acting Chairman of the ACMA, Chris Cheah, and
teachers and students at the Beth Rivkah Ladies College, East St Kilda to
officially launch the new website.
'"Cybersmart" is about empowering Australian children and young people to
be smart online and to become good digital citizens,' said Mr Cheah.
'Understanding how to navigate the online world safely is an important
element in the development of digital literacy. By providing teachers and
parents with clear, current and credible information about cybersafety,
we assist them to develop in young people, the critical skills needed to
stay safe online and get the most from their online encounters.'
The construction of www.Cybersmart.gov.au was informed by the ACMA
commissioned research Click and Connect to focus content on the
cybersafety concerns, messages and advice most relevant across a range of
target audiences. The site includes comprehensive and practical advice
for parents, interactive learning activities for children and information
about safe social networking for teens.
The Cybersmart Schools Gateway offers a wide range of resources for
teachers, including guides to assist schools address cybersafety issues,
information about how children and young people of different ages engage
with online technologies, extensive teaching resources and links to
education department guidelines. The gateway also offers online booking
for the ACMAs free and accredited professional development program for
educators Cybersafety Outreach.
'The ACMAs Cybersafety Outreach program is a key element in our
cybersafety education initiatives. The demand for the program within the
education community is strongwith over 1350 educators accredited since
February 2009and the sessions, including todays at the Beth Rivkah
Ladies College, have been warmly received in schools nationally,' said Mr
www.Cybersmart.gov.au also includes an online helpline for young people
who have had negative experiences online, such as cyberbullying.
The helpline offers confidential advice and support from counsellors who
are trained in listening to children and have expertise in cybersafety.
Media contact: Donald Robertson, Media Manager on 02 9334 7980.
The ACMAs cybersafety initiatives
The ACMA provides a comprehensive national program of cybersafety
initiatives as part of the Australian Governments cybersafety policy.
The ACMAs program includes researching current trends in cybersafety,
undertaking targeted information and awareness-raising campaigns and
activities, and developing cybersafety education materials for use in
In addition to the activities listed above other initiatives include:
* Undertaking targeted information and awareness-raising campaigns and
activities, such as Safer Internet Day
* Developing cybersafety education materials for use in schools and at
home. These programs are designed for children from 5 -15 years and
include CyberQuoll, CyberNetrix, Cybersmart Detectives and Wise up to IT
* The Cybersafety Outreach program of Professional Development for
Educators and general awareness presentations for parents, teachers and
* Researching current trends in cybersafety and young peoples use of
* The Cybersafety Contact Centre offering callers information and advice
about internet safety issues and concerns. Telephone 1800 880 176
* A complaints hotline for members of the public to report offensive
internet material. Visit: www.acma.gov.au/hotline.
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