ACMA media release 78/2011 – 12 August
The Australian Communications and Media Authority is working with students
from Years 6 and 7 at schools across NSW to trial an exciting new cybersafety
activity for schools - Cybersmart Networking.
Cybersmart Networking aims to address the issues confronting young
people on social networking sites. It is the latest in a series of the ACMA's
Interactive Shared Learning programs provided by the ACMA that tackle online
stranger danger, protecting personal information and cyberbullying.
'Young people can spend up to 15 hours a week online, and social networking
sites are particularly popular,' said Graham Rodrick, Senior Advisor of the
ACMA's CyberSafety Programs. 'It's critical that students are taught from an
early age that what they post online can have implications for them, now and
into their future.
'Comments from the students on Cybersmart Networking so far
include: "epic," "fun," "legendary" and "informative." Mr Rodrick added.
Cybersmart Networking launches nationally in November, free to all
More information about the Interactive Shared Learning suite of resources
can be found at www.cybersmart.gov.au/ISL.aspx
The next Cybersmart Networking pilot sessions will be conducted at:
Date: Friday 12 August 2011
Time: 12.20 - 1.20pm
Venue: Umina Public School Sydney Ave Umina Beach
Date: Monday 15 August 2011
Time: 9.00 - 10.00am
Venue: Bishop Druitt College 111 North Boambee Rd Coffs
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Gretchen Martins on (03) 9963 6801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.