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Date:13/06/11

Australian police pushes cyber safety education

New South Wales educational institutions were schooled on cyber security through an Australian Federal Police programme that promotes internet safety education in primary and secondary schools.
Last week, the Stanmore Public School and Queanbeyan High School were connected to the ThinkUKnow programme, the Australian Federal Police’s (AFP) cyber security education initiative for the youth, via the New South Wales’ Department of Education’s ‘Connected Classroom’ technology. Brendan O’Connor, Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, was present at the event.
‘Connected Classrooms’ uses smart board technologies and video conferencing to broadcast the cyber security presentation live from the Sydney Metropolitan School to teachers, parents and carers at the Queanbeyan High School.
“Connected Classroom sessions are designed to ensure that parents, carers and teachers across NSW can receive cyber safety education on how to ensure children have fun online, stay in control and report anything that makes them feel uncomfortable,” said O’Connor.
O’Connor said despite the internet’s many benefits, it could be used for criminal purposes and to the injury of others, including the youth. ThinkUKnow has been a valuable resource since its launch in 2010.
The AFP has since delivered 184 ThinkUKnow presentations to 6,747 parents, carers and teachers across the country; while its number of website members has reached over 2,660 by May this year.



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