Telopea Park School in Youth Advisory Group on Cybersafety

Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, today welcomed the participation of Telopea Park School in Barton in the 2012 Youth Advisory Group on Cybersafety. 

“The Youth Advisory Group (YAG) has been a really valuable program for the Government and for young people. The secondary schools rounds of the YAG earlier this year were a great success, and it’s good to see primary schools getting involved in this program too,” Ms Brodtmann said. 

“We know kids are getting online younger, so it’s really important that primary school children get the opportunity to help shape the Government’s cybersafety policies by telling us about their experiences online and what we can do to help them stay safe. 

“Students from Telopea Park School will have the opportunity to talk to the Government via a secure online website using a range of methods including blogs, discussion forums, quizzes and polls.” 

The Government in turn gets the chance to find out about the issues facing young people, and the best ways to communicate with them to keep them safe online. 

“Now in its fourth year, the program has been opened up so that any Australian school can nominate to take part, and I’m pleased to see Telopea Park has taken up the opportunity for the third year in a row. 

“We’ll be building on past successes, like the Easy Guide to Socialising Online, which provides cybersafety information about 26 different social networking sites, search engines and online games - and has over 60,000 hits since it was launched in January 2012 by the Prime Minister. 

“The YAG has also contributed to the development of the Cybersafety Help Button. The Help Button provides easy online access to cybersafety information and assistance available in Australia.

It’s been downloaded to around 300,000 devices and is now accessible on personal computers, laptops, blackberry, windows 7, Android mobile phones, and internet explorer, Mozilla and safari extensions.” 

“Earlier this year I met with Wanniassa Senior campus students who had taken part in the YAG. An alarming 80% of the students had been cyber-bullied, and they really appreciated the strength and skills they had gained from the program,” said Ms Brodtmann. 

The YAG is expanding to include around 3,000 students from up to 400 schools, and gives primary and secondary students the opportunity to provide cybersafety advice directly to the Government. 

 For more information on the government’s cybersafety plan visit: www.dbcde.gov.au/cybersafetyplan. To learn how to socialise safely online visit: www.dbcde.gov.au/easyguide

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