ACMA Helping Teachers Protect Aussie Cyber Kids
Australia (News4us.com) May 18, 2011
A new national online professional development program designed to help train teachers detect and protect students from prevalent dangers online, has been released by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
In today’s complex and fast moving technologically based society, cyber-safety is constantly being brought to the forefront. Particularly when it comes to our youngest and most vulnerable minds.
Australian Children with their inquiring and impressionable minds seem to be at ease with this quickly evolving cyber world. The Internet has become a natural part of many homes around the country as well as being widely utilised greatly within Australian schools.
These impressionable and susceptible minds that grow up utilising this new form of communications and media authority are the most vulnerable when it comes to online predators and the associated dangers.
Connect.ed is a free resource open to primary and secondary teachers in private and public schools, and represents a significant development for education in Australia,’ said ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman..
He went on to say. ‘It is designed to complement and enhance the ACMA’s existing suite of Cybersmart programs, which already includes extensive online support for teachers.’
‘Through the online world, young people have access to an extraordinary amount of information and images, yet many do not have the guidance and direction required to satisfactorily and responsibly manage their online experiences.
Parents and teachers who are busy in their own rights just trying to provide a safe and nurturing environment for our children in the offline world, find it quite challenging to effectively expand this to the online world.
Connect.ed is designed to reach casual relief teachers and remote areas where teachers would miss out on this form of training needed to protect their young students.
Connect.ed will be launched today in Adelaide by the Hon. Senator Wortley, Chair of the Federal Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety.
View promotional video for Connect.ed.
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