Acma Supports Day For Daniel With National Cybersmart Activities

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28 October 2010


ACMA supports Day for Daniel with national

Cybersmart activities

The Australian Communications and Media Authority, through its Cybersmart

program, is joining forces with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to promote child

safety as part of tomorrow’s national Day for Daniel event. The ACMA will host a

number of Cybersmart Detectives activities in schools across Australia to help raise

awareness of online risks and staying safe.

Over 200 students are expected to participate in the Townsville area as part of one

of the largest national Cybersmart Detectives activities to date. Year 6 and 7

students at Railway Estate State School and three other Townsville schools will be

supported by police, teachers and online safety experts from around Australia as

they work collaboratively in teams to solve a mystery.

Cybersmart Detectives is a popular activity with teachers and students alike. It

presents what seems to be a very real online scenario to students from the safety of

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school environment. To date, over 18,000 students have completed the activity. 

In addition, the ACMA’s highly successful Cybersmart Outreach program will be

running 39 cybersafety presentations to students, parents and teachers around the

country during the coming week to educate school communities about online safety

‘The ACMA views child safety as a very important issue, particularly as it relates to

young people’s exposure to risks online,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman. 

‘Supporting events like Day for Daniel helps to keep this issue in the public focus.

The internet offers an exciting world of opportunity for young people but they can

have negative experiences. Cybersmart Detectives educates children about the

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,’ he said.

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation was established by Denise and Bruce Morcombe

following the abduction and suspected murder of their 13 year old son Daniel in

December 2003. An annual awareness day involving schools and local communities

is being held on Friday October 29 to promote the Foundation’s aims of making the

world a safer place for children, both offline and online. 

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

Cybersmart website.

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

Robertson, Media Manager, on (02) 9334 7980, 0418 86 1766 or

media@acma.gov.au.



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