MEDIA RELEASE - Safer Internet Day 2016
9 February 2016
More than 20,000
students across Australia today are participating in Safer Internet Day through
Virtual Classrooms run by the Office of
the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.
Communications Senator Mitch Fifield said Safer Internet Day is a great chance
for all Australians to learn how to play their part for a better internet, and
with the school term having recently commenced, it was a timely opportunity for
teachers to become involved.
“Today, more than 200
schools have signed up to participate in Safer Internet Day through Virtual Classrooms, which educate
children how to safely explore the internet,” Minister Fifield said.
“The Office of the
Children’s eSafety Commissioner provides important support for young people,
schools and the community all year round and the addition of Safer Internet Day
serves to highlight the importance of combating cyberbullying and educating the
The Virtual Classrooms presentations
compliment other resources designed by the eSafety Commissioner’s office to
help students understand the possible consequences of posting images online; be
a good bystander; communicate online respectfully; and understand how to report
inappropriate material and contact online.
The Cybersmart Detectives resource - an interactive
multimedia class activity - will also be run by schools across Australia,
helping students aged 9 to 10 explore what may happen if someone reveals too
much information online.
An eSafety health
check infographic and poster are also available
from the eSafety Commissioner’s website to assist schools, families and the
community in participating in Safer Internet Day.
initiative has more than 90 countries participate in Safer Internet Day. To
find out more information, visit www.esafety.gov.au/SID2016 or join the conversation at #SID2016