February 5th marks the tenth anniversary of Safer Internet Day. This international event aims to promote safe and responsible internet use by increasing awareness amongst students and educators. The event’s theme is ‘Online Rights and Responsibilities – Connect with Respect’.
Once again the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Cybersmart team will coordinate events across Australia to promote the day. You can find out all about the day’s events and get some great resources from the Cybersmart site.
ACMA are also running an internet radio show on the day from 5pm-8pm AEDST. The show will feature student panellists, representatives from social media companies and experts from a number of organisations. You can take part by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or tweeting using the #SID2013Oz hashtag. If you can’t tune in on the day then the program will be available for download afterwards. The global hashtag for the day is #SID2013
Congratulations to the Cybersmart team on their excellent work in organising these events and their work in general. They do a great job educating people about an often tricky subject. Make sure you explore the Cybersmart site for all of their fantastic resources and follow along with all of their updates on Twitter and Facebook.
Today is Safer Internet Day. The Victoria Police have just released this statement about the day:
Victoria Police are taking the opportunity on Safer Internet Day to engage with young people about cyber crime.
The annual international event aims to raise awareness about the safe and responsible use of online technologies, especially among children.
This year’s theme is ‘Think before you post’, an important message for young people to think about the possible consequences before posting information online.
Victoria Police will have our Cybersmart Detective Sergeant Jill Dyson in the hot seat today on a site called SuperclubsPLUS which is the protected Social Learning Network where primary school kids can meet friends, have fun and learn cool stuff, it can be found at http://www.superclubsplus.com/i/tour01.
Det Sgt Dyson has been a police officer for 22 years and will be live, answering questions posed by children on the topic of cyber crime.
Also on board for Safer Internet Day will be Victoria Police’s 11-year-old “recruit” Constable Zak who will be offering advice to young kids about being safe on the internet via a video which can be viewed at http://www.police.vic.gov.au/kids.
The Australian Communication and Media Authority‘s cyber(smart) page has lots of materials to keep kids safer today and everyday.
Thanks to Karen Bonanno for passing on the Cybersmart page link.
After the tragic consequences of the recent incident in Geelong that apparently had links to cyberbullying, here are some websites that teachers and students may like to know about. Jo Robinson, from Orygen Youth Mental Health Services suggests:
Other resources include:
- Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- SANE helpline 1800 187 263
The Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has a Cybersafe Classroom page while the Australian Media and Communications Authority has developed cyber(smart:) resources for students (of all ages), parents, schools and libraries. ACMA also offers Internet Safety Presentations.
There was also an article in Saturday’s Age that might be of interest to teachers and parents.