Resources

If you’re looking for advice on Internet safety, you may find the following sites helpful.

Bravehearts

Bravehearts is Australia’s only children’s charity holistically dedicated to the issue of child sexual assault. We offer comprehensive counselling and education for children and young people plus parental support for non-offending family members along with advocacy for adult survivors. Bravehearts also invests in extensive training and research developing strategies better able to combat the complex issues associated with child sexual assault.

Founded in 1997 by Executive Director Hetty Johnston, Bravehearts aims to forge a “movement for change” in how paedophilia is dealt with by the criminal justice sector, government and the community at large and to provide survivors with a voice. As part of our initiative Bravehearts has a unique live interactive education program called “Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure” which we introduce to schools and day care centres teaching children personal safety.

Bravehearts has presented this program nationally to over 100,000 children and plans to educate many more children in the future. The program has been independently evaluated and the assessment indicates that it has the potential to reduce the incidence of child sexual assault by up to an astonishing 50%. Given the statistics that 1 in 5 children will be sexually assaulted by their 18th birthday, I am sure you will agree that this is an essential and powerful program.

Bravehearts is also active in making changes to legislation that fails to support the well-being of children, and our ultimate goal is to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child. For more information about these vital services that we offer the community, please visit our website.

Cybersmart

Cybersmart provides activities, resources and practical advice to help young kids, kids, teens and parents safely enjoy the online world.  It also offers training and resources for schools and materials for library staff.  Developed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, Cybersmart is part of the Australian Government’s cybersafety program.

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation is a national charity protecting children from violence and its devastating effects. Our vision is that every child will live in a safe and supportive environment.

Our initiatives include:

  • The National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB) - a peak body working to advise and inform the Australian community on the issue of childhood bullying.
  • Better Buddies Framework - a whole-school initiative designed to help create friendly and caring primary school environments, and reduce the incidence of bullying.
  • eSmart - a whole-school approach to embracing technology and reducing student’s exposure to online risks, such as cyberbullying. eSmart equips everyone in the school community with the skills they need for the smart, safe and responsible use of technology.

For more information please visit visit our website.

Digital Citizenship

With K-12 students spending significant time in both the real and virtual worlds, teachers and parents are realising a new collective responsibility - to teach our young people what it means to be a good digital citizen so as to help shape students’ behaviour in the virtual world. NSW Digital Education Revolution (DER-NSW) Program office of the NSW Department of Education and Training has developed a set of Digital Citizenship domains upon which to base a Digital Citizenship education program. This online resource has been developed to introduce teachers and parents to the online resource materials that will be used in class. For 2010 the priority was Year 10 with a focus on issues relating to social networking. In 2011 work begins on materials for years K-6 and 7-9. The NSW DER Digital Citizenship strategy reflects a worldwide movement to address and characterise digital citizenship.

SCAMwatch

Stay one step ahead of scammers. Visit the Australian Government’s SCAMwatch website to get the low‑down on scams that target Australian consumers and small business. You can find out how scams work, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you’ve been scammed.

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