March 23, 2011

Cybersafe with Roar in Tasmania!

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Students and teachers in Tasmania’s state schools are finally set to reap the benefits of the award-winning cyber-safety modules, created by Tasmanian software developers, which have been licensed to more than 10,000 schools in the UK.

The modules called Us Online promote digital literacy by teaching kids (years 1 – 10) about the safe, responsible use of digital technologies including issues of cyber-bullying. Us Online was developed by Roar Educate, and has been licensed by the Tasmanian Department of Education for use by students and teachers in all Tasmanian state schools.

Speaking in Hobart today, Roar Educate Managing Director Craig Dow Sainter said, “Children don’t need to be taught how to use digital technologies per se, but they do need help to learn about using technologies safely and responsibly… And they need to understand the potential consequences of improper use. It’s important that people don’t use technologies to harm or bully others. Personal responsibility is critical.

“If I have one key point to offer on using connected technologies safely and responsibly, it would be to think twice before posting. Once it’s up, it’s up and you can never really get it back,” he said.

Dow Sainter said that with the Department’s licensing of the Roar cyber-safety modules, plus their licensing to the majority of independent schools, Roar’s cyber-safety and anti-bullying modules would be available and supported in almost 75 per cent of schools in Tasmania.

“I’m hoping that the Catholic school sector will join us soon as it makes sense for all Tasmanian children to have access to these learning resources which have been developed here in Tasmania and have achieved such acclaim beyond the State.

“Educating children about the safe and responsible use of connected technologies is definitely a Roar specialty. Us Online was a finalist at the prestigious 2009 British Educational Technology and Training (BETT) Awards in London. And last year we won Best Children’s Interactive Media at the national AIMIA Awards for our e-security module Budd:e, developed for the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.”

“Cyber-bullying, cyber-safety and e-security are related issues, and not just for young people. I’d say there are a lot of adults who could use some help finding their way through these critical 21st century issues”, he said.

Dow Sainter said that with the support of Tasmanian Electronic Commerce Centre (TECC) and Adobe partnership, Roar would be conducting free online seminars for parents, using Adobe Connect collaboration software in the next few months. To register interest people were invited to contact Roar at info@roareducate.com

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One Comment on “Cybersafe with Roar in Tasmania!”

  1. I respect the fact that you are helping to education parents about resources available to protect children online. Personally I believe that there is such a gap between parents and children, especially in this internet revolution. Many parents are not savvy to what actually happens on the internet. It is hard to find a reliable source of security. I use Mousemail which is a free service that scans for potential threats. There needs to be a new wave of programs that are of easier access for parents who may not know how to use a computer.