ACMA media release 90/2011 – 5 September
Over one thousand students around Australia will participate in free cybersafety activities being run by the Australian Communications and Media Authority to mark National Child Protection Week between 4 and 11 September.
The theme of the week - 'Play your part to keep children safe' - will focus on the important role we can all play in helping to protect children from abuse.
The ACMA's Cybersmart team will run two of its highly popular online interactive education exercises during the week: Cybersmart Detectives and Cybersmart Hero. These programs are designed for upper primary school classes, and cover issues such as online grooming, cyberbullying and protecting personal information on the internet. Police, teachers and cybersafety experts will also take part.
Cybersmart will also run 50 presentations nationally for students, parents and teachers during the week to raise awareness of current cybersafety issues and strategies to safely enjoy the online world.
'The ACMA recognises the importance of us all coming together to stop child abuse,' said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman. 'A crucial part of this is ensuring young people are adequately informed about cybersafety and equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to safely negotiate online threats.
Schools can register to be involved in the ACMA's cybersmart activities through the Cybersmart website.
The ACMA also plays an extremely important role in the protection of children by investigating offensive online depictions of young people. Once a valid complaint is made and where the content is potentially illegal, the ACMA refers it to law enforcement authorities. Complaints can be made at: www.acma.gov.au/hotline.
National Child Protection Week is an initiative of the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN).
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Emma Rossi Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7719 or 0434 652 063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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