ACMA media release 44/2011 – 16 May
The Australian Communications and Media Authority today released an online professional development program, Connect.ed, designed to train teachers how to protect students from potential online dangers.
The national initiative addresses the cybersafety needs of every child and young person in Australia.
'Connect.ed is a free resource open to primary and secondary teachers in private and public schools, and represents a significant development for education in Australia,' said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman. 'It is designed to complement and enhance the ACMA's existing suite of Cybersmart programs, which already includes extensive online support for teachers.'
The Connect.ed program covers:
- excessive internet use
- mobile use
- managing your digital reputation and digital profiling
Connect.ed also advises teachers on what young people of all ages are doing online and draws on Australian experts in the cybersafety field, as well as on teachers and students themselves.
'Through the online world, young people have access to an extraordinary amount of information and images, yet many do not have the guidance and direction required to satisfactorily and responsibly manage their online experiences,' Mr Chapman said.
'While children seem to embrace every new development in communications, the reality is that both teachers and parents find it challenging to keep up with modern technology. Connect.ed is designed to help them meet that challenge.'
Connect.ed also provides the ACMA with the opportunity to reach casual relief teachers and teachers in regional and remote areas who may otherwise miss out on the training they need to protect their students.
Connect.ed will be launched today in Adelaide by the Hon. Senator Wortley, Chair of the Federal Parliament's Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety.
Connect.ed is now available online to teachers around Australia at www.cybersmart.gov.au/outreach.aspx
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