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22 November, 2020

Internet security workshop for students

Students at Mareeba State High School (MSHS) participated in a special program last Wednesday with them learning about how to protect their identities online and combat cyberbullying.

By Rhys Thomas

Students at Mareeba State High School were taken through the Digital Thumbprint Program last week, the program is offered to schools to better inform their students about their online safety

Students at Mareeba State High School (MSHS) participated in a special program last Wednesday with them learning about how to protect their identities online and combat cyberbullying.

The Digital Thumbprint Program offered by Optus has been around since 2013 and since then they have had 300,000 students participate in one of four workshops.

Cyberbullying, Cybersecurity, Digital Identity and Digital Discernment are the sessions that are available to the students based on their ages.

The year 7 students were taken through processes and learning how to better protect themselves online and the effects of cyberbullying and how to respond to it.

Mark Stanley Workshop Facilitator for the Optus Digital Thumbprint Program says the program has been very well received since its inception.

“We do start to go into elements of fake news and how to determine what’s real and what’s fake online,” he said.

“It’s been imperative to inform kids because they have been using a lot more tech and been online a lot more this year.

“The workshop we saw today was on cyberbullying and cybersecurity so we were giving the students the tools to be able to go home and check their own security.”


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