Section: Andrew Barr, MLA | Media Releases
Students representing all Canberra schools will take part in an innovative cyber safety summit next month.The student summit, Who R U in the Digital World, is an initiative of the ACT Safe Schools Taskforce and supported by the ACT Government, the Australian Federal Police and ACT Government IT provider InTACT.
It is the first time such a summit had been held in the ACT. More than 300 year 9 student representatives and teachers from public, Catholic systemic and Independent schools are expected to attend.
The summit complements work already taking place in schools to inform students about cyber safety.
The ACT Government wants all students to be equipped and empowered with the skills and confidence to be safe in the online environment. This summit will give students the opportunity to listen to keynote speakers such as Robyn Moore and youth leadership expert Bec Heinrich, and to take part in workshops and learn from experts in the field of cyber safety such as Professor Donna Cross and Robyn Treyvaud.
At the end of the summit students will make a declaration about what it means to lead responsibly in a digital world. Teachers attending the summit will take part in some student activities as well as participating in professional learning about the use of technologies in the classroom.
Six year 9 students who have been recognised as leaders within their school will be invited to attend from each ACT school. Students attending the summit will be encouraged to share what they have learned with their peers when they return to school.
This could include continuing the conversation with fellow students at their school, holding a parent information night, working with members of their community in developing their skills online, or organising their own student forum.
The student summit, Who R U in the Digital World will be held at the National Convention Centre on 18 March 2011.