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ACMA launches new course for teachers on protecting students from online dangers

Students are not the only ones in need of education when it comes to online security, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

The agency has launched a new online professional development program, Connect.ed, to help bring teachers up to speed on measures to protect students from potential online dangers.

According to ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman, the course is designed to complement and enhance the ACMA’s existing suite of Cybersmart programs and will address issues such as cyber bullying, sexting, excessive internet and mobile phone use, e-security, and managing digital reputation and digital profiling.

“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,” Chapman said.

“While children seem to embrace every new development in communications, the reality is that both teachers and parents find it challenging to keep up with modern technology. Connect.ed is designed to help them meet that challenge.”

The resource has been launched in Adelaide by Senator Wortley, Chair of the Federal Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety.

A video of the new teaching resource is available on the cybersmart.gov.au site.

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