Stu­dents, par­ents to learn about on­line safety

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

YEAR four to six stu­dents, their fam­i­lies and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties from Yackan­dan­dah, Os­bornes Flat, Kiewa, and Tangam­balanga will tonight at­tend an ed­u­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion ses­sion about cy­ber­bul­ly­ing and nav­i­gat­ing the on­line world safely.

The team at Project Rockit is work­ing with stu­dents from Kiewa Val­ley, Yackan­dan­dah and Os­bornes Flat pri­mary schools who have been suc­cess­ful in re­ceiv­ing fund­ing from School Fo­cused Youth Ser­vice and In­digo Shire Coun­cil to ad­dress the iden­ti­fied is­sue of cy­ber bul­ly­ing and to em­power stu­dents to make change.

The ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions aim to equip stu­dents with an un­der­stand­ing of the on­line world young peo­ple of­ten use and to take a stand against bul­ly­ing.

“Hav­ing a greater un­der­stand­ing of the tech­nol­ogy, the plat­forms and on­line is nec­es­sary to help stu­dents de­velop the skills and aware­ness to be­come re­spect­ful dig­i­tal cit­i­zens and to de­velop re­silience in both the on­line and off­line world,’ In­digo Shire Coun­cil youth of­fi­cer Sal Kim­ber said.

“It is im­per­a­tive that we pre­pare stu­dents to be healthy dig­i­tal cit­i­zens and this helps to pro­tect their men­tal health, be re­spect­ful and to ex­pect re­spect when they are on­line.”

Tonight’s free ed­u­ca­tion ses­sion will be held at Yackan­dan­dah Pub­lic Hall at 7pm.

Peo­ple can RSVP to Beech­worth Health Ser­vice on (03) 5728 0200 or on­line through Eventbrite.

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