30,000 Australian children were proven to have been abused or neglected in 2009*.

This year National Child Protection Week falls between September 4 and 10 2011. This year’s theme is Play Your Part  to keep children safe.

National Child Protection Week is a national campaign held annually throughout Australia to raise awareness of child abuse prevention.

The objectives of the week are to raise the profile of all issues connected with child protection, including child abuse prevention, treatment, research, education, service provision and support for children, young people and families. National Child Protection Week also aims to create a state wide umbrella focus for child protection allowing government and non-government agencies to present a cooperative and coordinated community oriented campaign.

Nationally there will be many activities in schools and by various organisations to help raise the awareness of child abuse in Australia. They will be focusing on cybersafety and include:

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will be coordinating a week of Cybersafety activities across Australia.

Online interactive activities Cybersmart Detectives and Cybersmart Hero will run free for schools throughout the week. These activities encourage students to learn important lessons about cybersafety in a fun and engaging way.

Cybersmart Detectives addresses the risks involved in posting personal information online, online behaviour and grooming, while Cybersmart Hero focuses on the issue of Cyberbullying and what you can do when issues arise.
We encourage upper primary school classes to participate.

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

*figures supplied by NAPCAN

Writer Helen Splarn. Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.
Source: NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect)