Government to hear first hand from St Michael’s Primary School students about cybersafety issues

Tony Burke MP, the Member for Watson has congratulated students from St Michael’s Primary School Belfield, for being active members of the Government’s Youth Advisory Group on Cybersafety (YAG).

Over the next six weeks, the Federal Labor Government is looking forward to chatting with these participating students for the first time this year on cybersafety issues. They always provide practical and relevant advice on how to make the government’s cybersafety education and support programs even more effective.

Mr Burke congratulated the students involved for playing such a vital role in developing Australia’s cybersafety policy and programs.

“There are terrible reports about bullying and manipulation online. These students will help advise the Government on how to help others feel safe” Mr Burke said.

The YAG has been a very valuable program for both the government and for young people. These important consultations have resulted in the development of several innovative cybersafety tools, including the Cybersafety Help Button and the Easy Guide to Socialising Online.

The online consultation period will run for two weeks in NSW, from 23 July – 3 August.

“I encourage kids and parents from the Watson electorate to get involved with this important program.” said Mr Burke.

The primary school children from St Michael’s Belfield join 3000 of their fellow students from schools around Australian who are participating in the YAG. Earlier this year, students from 96 secondary schools across Australia provided cybersafety advice to the government through YAG.

For more information on how to participate on the YAG, visit: yag.gov.au.

More information on the government’s Cybersafety plan is available at www.dbcde.gov.au/cybersafetyplan.