May 30 marks the beginning of National Cyber Security Awareness Week.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will be coordinating 9 Cybersmart Detectives activities across Australia during the week to promote Cyber Security Awareness Week.
Cybersmart Detectives is a free online activity that encourages students to learn about cybersafety in safe, school-based environments.

In this activity, students learn about online safety and the risks involved in posting personal information online, including grooming.

For more information about the activity, please email Cybersafety Programs at [email protected]  or phone 1300 669 024.

The Cybersmart website provides activities, resources and practical advice to help young kids, kids, teens and parents safely enjoy the online world.

Cybersmart 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.

Tips for online security

  1. Install and renew your security software and set it to scan regularly.
  2. Turn on automatic updates on all your software, including your operating system and other applications.
  3. Think carefully before you click on links and attachments, particularly in emails and on social networking sites.
  4. Regularly adjust your privacy settings on social networking sites.
  5. Report or talk to someone about anything online that makes you uncomfortable or threatened – download the government’s Cybersafety Help Button.
  6. Stop and think before you post any photos or financial or personal information about yourself, your friends or family.
  7. Use strong passwords and change them at least twice a year.
  8. Talk within your family about good online safety.

Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.
Source: ACMA