FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is encouraging local schools to take part in this year’s Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 9 February, using ‘Virtual Classrooms’ run by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.
“More than 20,000 students across Australia are expected to participate in Safer Internet Day and I’d really encourage teachers and FNQ schools to sign-up to this important program,” said Mr Entsch.
“The ‘Virtual Classrooms’ presentations help students to understand the possible consequences of posting photos online, how to be a good bystander, to be respectful when communicating, and how to report inappropriate material and contact online.”
Minister for Communications Senator Mitch Fifield said Safer Internet Day is a great chance for all Australians to learn how to play their part for a better internet.
“With the school term having recently commenced, I encourage schools to participate in Safer Internet Day this week through the Virtual Classrooms, which have been created to educate children on how to safely explore the internet,” Minister Fifield said.
“The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner provides important support for young people, schools and the community all year round and the addition of Safer Internet Day serves to highlight the importance of combating cyberbullying and educating the next generation.”
The Cybersmart Detectives resource – an interactive multimedia class activity – will also be run by schools across Australia, helping students aged 9 to 10 explore what may happen if someone reveals too much information online.
An eSafety health check infographic and poster are also available from the eSafety Commissioner’s website to help schools, families and the community to take part in Safer Internet Day.
The international initiative has more than 90 countries participate in Safer Internet Day. To get involved and find out more, visit www.esafety.gov.au/SID2016 or join the conversation using the hashtag #SID2016.