Acma Supports National Child Protection Week With Cybersmart Activities

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ACMA Media Release


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September 2010

ACMA supports National Child Protection Week with

National Cybersmart activities

The Australian Communications and Media Authority, through its Cybersmart

program, is marking National Child Protection Week tomorrow by hosting

Cybersmart  Detectives in schools across Australia.

More than 550 students are expected to participate in the Cybersmart Detectives

activity, which will be supported by police, teachers and online safety experts from

around Australia. 

Schools are participating from every state and territory (except Tasmania, where

school holidays are underway). They include schools from: Griffith, ACT; Coolum

Beach, Qld; Larrakeyah, NT; Pymble, NSW; Eudunda, Glenburnie and Glenelg, SA;

Glen Iris, Wheelers Hill and Mortlake, Vic; and Bunbury, WA. 

The ACMA’s highly successful Cybersafety Outreach program will further support

National Child Protection Week with more than 50 cybersafety presentations to

students, parents and teachers during the week to raise awareness about online

safety and ways to handle issues.

‘The internet offers an exciting world of opportunity for young people. However, it

can also expose children and young people to very real risks,’ said ACMA Chairman

Chris Chapman. ‘While many are aware of cybersafety risks, there is evidence that

some young people deliberately engage in risky behaviours and that the tendency

to do this rises with age.

‘Cybersmart Detectives educates children about these risks—and how to address

them—in an engaging way. The activity helps children learn the skills they need to

keep safe and make sound decisions online. Cybersmart Detectives presents

children with an internet-themed scenario they can relate to—which helps them to

learn about staying safe while having fun,’ he said.

‘The ACMA’s Cybersafety Outreach presentations are another effective tool in

helping to communicate key cybersafety messages, with the program already

reaching over 100,000 students, staff and parents this year.’

Cybersmart Detectives is a popular activity with teachers and students alike as they

present what seems to be a very real scenario to students, in a safe school

environment. To date, over 15,000 students have participated in the activity. 

Schools can register to be involved in the ACMA’s cybersafety activities through the

Cybersmart website.

National Child Protection Week, held from 5 to 11 September 2010, is an initiative

of the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect


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For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Donald

Robertson, Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7980, 0418 861 766 or

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The ACMA is Australia’s regulator for broadcasting, the internet,

radiocommunications and telecommunications. The ACMA’s strategic intent is

to make communications and media work in Australia’s public interest. For more

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