NSW classrooms schooled on cyber safety

Parents, carers and teachers will be linked by the NSW government’s Connected Classrooms program, using internet video conferencing and 'smart board' technology to deliver presentations from ThinkUKnow.

Minister for Justice, Brendan O’Connor said while the internet provides many benefits, there are people who use the internet and mobile technologies for criminal purposes and to harm others, including young people.

“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,” Mr O’Connor said.

According to Mr O’Connor, ThinkUKnow has proven to be a "valuable resource" since its national rollout in 2010.

Mr O’Connor oversaw the initial link between Sydney’s Stanmore Public School and Queanbeyan High School for the interactive ThinkUKnow session.

According to an Australian Federal Police (AFP) spokesperson, the program will be using equipment already at to the participating schools.

ThinkUKnow is an initiative of the AFP, Microsoft and ninemsn.

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