Source: The Australian Jewish News
The federal Australian Government launched Cybersmart, the first national cybersafety education initiative of its kind, at Melbourne’s Beth Rivkah Ladies College this week. Launched by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, Cybersmart is an interactive website designed to keep kids safe when using the internet.
Cybersmart provides the information and skills necessary for young people to “make smart decisions online”, as well as equipping parents and teachers with tools to assist children who are spending more and more time on the internet.
In addition to age-specific resources and a “schools gateway”, Cybersmart will include a helpline in collaboration with the Kids Helpline, providing confidential advice from counselors for kids who have encountered safety issues.
Among Melbourne schools, Beth Rivkah, Yeshivah College, Mount Scopus Memorial College, Leibler Yavneh College and Sholem Aleichem College have specific internet filters in place and have included cyber-safety and appropriate internet usage in the curriculum.