Cybersafety professional development program

ACMA rolls out cybersafety professional development program for educators The Australian Communications and Media Authority has started the national roll-out of 'Cybersafety Outreach - Professional Development for Educators'-its national cybersafety program designed for primary and secondary level educators.

'ACMA is at the forefront of developing and providing excellent cybersafety programs,' said Chris Chapman, ACMA Chairman.

'This interactive and cutting edge program is aimed at equipping educators to teach their students about cybersafety. It forms part of the Australian Government's commitment to cybersafety education and is free to participants.'

The program is the result of extensive consultation with key stakeholders, and is based on critical research from both Australia and overseas. In particular, the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations will work with ACMA to promote Cybersafety Outreach - Professional Development for Educators through the Australian Government Quality Teaching Program (AGQTP) network.

The program materials were tested and trialled during a very successful two-day pilot attended by more than 50 practising teachers and industry stakeholders. Feedback from the pilot was extremely positive and helped shape and inform the final program materials.

'There has been incredible interest in this very targeted program with the pilot oversubscribed, booking requests for workshops and presentations flooding in and additional trainers engaged to meet the demand,' said Mr Chapman.

The workshops provide practical experience, resources and strategies for educators to help students become responsible digital citizens.