Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic today welcomed the inclusion of Evans High School in Blacktown in the 2012 Youth Advisory Group on Cybersafety (YAG).
“The YAG has been a really valuable program for the Government and for young people. Students from Evans High School will have the opportunity to talk to the Government via a secure online website using a range of methods including blogs, discussion forums, quizzes and polls,” Mr Husic said.
“The Government in turn gets the chance to find out about the issues facing young people, and the best ways to communicate with them to keep them safe online.
“Now in its fourth year, the program has been opened up so that any Australian school can nominate to take part, and I’m pleased to see Evans High School has taken up the opportunity.
“We’ll be building on past successes, like the Easy Guide to Socialising Online, which provides cybersafety information about 26 different social networking sites, search engines and online games – and has over 60,000 hits since it was launched in January 2012 by the Prime Minister.
“The YAG has also contributed to the development of the Cybersafety Help Button. The Help Button provides easy online access to cybersafety information and assistance available in Australia.
It’s been downloaded to around 300,000 devices and is now accessible on personal computers, laptops, Blackberry, Windows 7, smart phones, along with Internet Explorer, Mozilla and Safari extensions.”
Now in its fourth year, the YAG is expanding to include around 3,000 students from up to 400 schools, and gives primary and secondary students the opportunity to provide cybersafety advice directly to the Government.
This year six online consultations will be held with students from each state and territory over a two-week period. Evans High School is taking part in the first online consultation sphere this week (19-30 March).
For more information on the government’s cybersafety plan visit: www.dbcde.gov.au/cybersafetyplan.
To learn how to socialise safely online visit: www.dbcde.gov.au/easyguide.
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