Safer Internet Day reinforces push for a safer, smarter and more responsible Australia

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Safer Internet Day reinforces push for a safer, smarter and more responsible Australia

The Federal Government and the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner will hold Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 9 February to help further the push for a smarter online Australia.

Safer Internet Day provides Australians with the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and explore the role everyone plays in helping to create a better and safer online community.

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s eSmart programs, endorsed by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner, have been designed to help schools, libraries and parents educate students on important cyber safety topics. The eSmart suite of initiatives is a world-leading system designed to help schools and libraries manage cyber safety and deal with both cyber bullying and face-to-face bullying.

There are more than 2,200 Australian schools and more than 40 per cent of Australian libraries registered for eSmart with more than 100,000 students signing up for the eSmart Digital Licence. And with a recent Australian Communications and Media Authority study showing that one in five 14 and 15-year olds have been the victim of cyber bulling these essential tools have never been more needed.

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Dr Judith Slocombe said the initiative was another great way to encourage Australians of all ages to be wiser about online activities.

“Safer Internet Day enhances our message at the Foundation that Australians have no reason to fear technology if they know how to navigate it safely, smartly and responsibly,’’ Dr Slocombe said.

“We encourage all schools, libraries and community groups to get involved in the initiative to help more Australians learn about the joys and benefits of the digital world.”

Children’s eSafety Commissioner Alastair MacGibbon said the day was a great opportunity for the community to think about how each individual plays a part in making the internet a better and safer place.

“Education is key to building resilience with future generations,” Mr MacGibbon said.

“We are providing a range of resources and activities for young people and the community to use on Safer Internet Day, to help develop the skills they need to have safe, positive experiences online.

“Programs that help increase young people’s digital literacy skills assist us in creating a safer online environment where cyber bullying is just unacceptable.”

Dr Slocombe also challenged Australians to take an abbreviated 10-question version of the eSmart Digital Licence at www.digitallicence.com.au/dl/sample_quiz on Safer Internet Day.

Prime Minister of Australia and the Foundation’s National Patron the Hon Malcolm Turnbull completed the quiz last year.

For more information about Safer Internet Day go to https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-the-office/events/saferinternet-day-2016

For more information about the Foundation go to www.amf.org.au. Media inquiries contact Adrian Bernecich: 03 9697 0683, 0416 045 701 or adrian.bernecich@amf.org.au.

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