Digital citizenship school program launched in Victoria

Initiative aims to teach children about Internet safety and cyber bullying

An education program called Growing Up Digital has been launched in Victoria with 10 schools taking part in a trial.

The program, which is designed for grades K to 12, aims to teach children about Internet safety, digital footprints, privacy, security, cyber bullying, communication and creative copyright.

It will also support responsible online use of devices by students at school and home.

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Growing Up Digital is a partnership between Symantec, Cyber Safe Kids, Common Sense Media and the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

According to Symantec Internet safety advocate Marian Merritt, cyber safety is underpinned by the values of citizenship.

“We can raise awareness to levels needed to change attitudes and behaviour about what it means to live responsibly in a digital world,” she said in a statement.

Schools taking part in the program include St Johns Regional College, Ruyton Girls’ School, Kingswood College, St Mary’s Echuca Catholic College, Melbourne Montessori School, Shalom Aleichem College, Catholic College, Canterbury Primary School, Templestowe College and Greythorn Primary School.

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