Sydney Swans AFL star, Nick Davis, recently visited Croydon Hills Primary School in Mebourne as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Week.
Davis was joined by Trend Micro cyber safety expert, Aman Chand, with both speaking to the students about the importance of cyber safety.
Topics covered in the presentations included downloading, streaming and the use of online gaming applications, as well as issues around cyber safety.
School principal, Graeme Caudry, said there was a clear need to educate students about the online code of conduct.
“In a generation that is Internet and smartphone centric, we were delighted to welcome the Trend Micro cyber safety squad into the school,” he said.
Caudry admits to having seen a “dramatic change” in the dynamic of the school in the last few years.
“More and more of our students’ own one or more devices, and as a result this is becoming an integral part of our modern-day classroom,” he said.
In addition to the presentations, Chand said helpful hints and tips were also passed on to the students on how to keep themselves and their friends safe online.
“Our seminar at this local Melbourne school has been fundamental in ensuring the students are aware of the online code of conduct.”
Beyond merely installing a security program to monitor the activity of children online, Chand said the awareness process begins with the children themselves.
“This is so that they understand when and when not to reveal personal information, particularly through their social networking channels,” he said.
After surveying 1,000 Australian parents, research by Trend Micro found that 83 per cent of parents admitted to recently purchasing a mobile device for their children.
However, 42 per cent of respondents felt installing security software “was not needed.”
This discovery is accompanied by Trend Micro's result that shows 70 per cent of children owning a smartphone pose a target for online predators.
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