It’s back to school time, and the ACMA’s program Cybersmart is encouraging all Australian schools and families to celebrate tomorrow’s Safer Internet Day 2015.
Held in more than 90 countries and this year celebrating its 12th anniversary, Safer Internet Day is recognised across Europe, North America, South America and the Asia-Pacific region.
‘More than 20,000 students from 150 schools across Australia will celebrate the day by participating in Cybersmart’s virtual classrooms to explore the topic of "Cyberbullying: Being a good bystander",’ said Australian Communications and Media Authority Deputy Chairman, Richard Bean.
‘The virtual classrooms will guide students through a realistic scenario, encourage them to consider the impact of their actions when posting comments and photos online, and provide opportunities to discuss appropriate actions when standing up against cyberbullying. Students will also be able to participate via polls and feedback sessions and take advantage of customised, teacher-led activities following the virtual classroom.’
To help make the internet a safer place for all Australians, the ACMA also investigates illegal and offensive material that families and individuals may encounter online. ‘The ACMA’s investigations into online child sexual abuse material increased by 157 per cent in 2014, with 8,401 reports,’ Richard Bean said.
‘Help prevent the re-victimisation of the children involved and create a better internet. Your report can make a difference. Visit the ACMA’s Hotline to report illegal and offensive online content.’
A Hotline infographic is also available.
Families and teachers can also take advantage of Cybersmart’s other free resources to celebrate Safer Internet Day, including videos for children of all ages, interactive games, lesson plans, poster downloads and parent discussions.
To access resources or for more information about Safer Internet Day 2015, visit www.cybersmart.gov.au. To keep up with activities and updates throughout the day, follow #SID2015 on Twitter and like our Facebook page.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Blake Murdoch, 02) 9334 7817, 0434 567 391 or firstname.lastname@example.org