The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Cybersmart program has been awarded two silver medals for education resources at the New York Festival’s Film and Television Awards. Be Deadly Online was awarded silver in the Instruction and Education category, while #GameOn was awarded silver for Online Educational Programs.
Focussing on cyberbullying, online gaming and social networking, #GameOn follows the online/offline struggles of a group of lower secondary students who find themselves in situations that catch them off-guard and shows the possible consequences of not managing your digital presence.
#Gameon is aimed at upper primary and lower secondary students and is accompanied by a series of study guides and classroom activities.
‘The way our kids use and experience online technologies can leave a long-lasting impression,' said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman. '#GameOn will help young Australians understand the need to take personal and social responsibility for their online actions.’
Tackling cyberbullying, sexting and digital footprint management, Be Deadly Online responds to Indigenous community leaders’ concerns about the impact of social media on family and community relationships and on young people themselves by offering positive, practical advice on playing smart online.
The series of three Be Deadly Online animations won silver in the category of Instruction and Education programs.
‘Be Deadly Online has been internationally awarded on several occasions and is well regarded as a fun and effective way to engage with Indigenous communities about serious social issues,' Mr Chapman said. 'This program is recognised as being indicative of many young people’s realties.
‘These two awards are but further acknowledgements of the hard work, dedication and expertise that has underpinned the development of all of the ACMA’s education resources.’
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Media release 20/2015 - 23 April