Kids help set cyber-safety defence policy

Are you cyber-smarter than a fifth-grader?

Primary and high school students have bent the ear of communications minister, Stephen Conroy, to advise on Australia's cyber-safety policy.

Parents and teachers accompanied the 50 children as they descended on Canberra as part of the 2010 Cyber-Safety and Youth Advisory Group (YAG) Summit this week.

Conroy said the consultation with parents and children will help keep Australians safe online.

“This is the second year of the YAG and I look forward to the contribution these young people will make to improving cyber-safety," Conroy said in a statement.

“The success of the YAG has led us to create a similar group for teachers and parents, and their advice will help us create cyber-safety policies and programs that can keep families safe online.”

The YAG, announced last year, is part of the Federal Government's $125.8 million cyber-safety plan and is made up of 305 youths.

Conroy also established a Teachers and Parents Advisory Group on cyber-safety, and launched a cyber-safety "Help Button" that provides children and parents with cyber safety information.

The minister will receive findings from the consultation, including the budd:e cyber security education modules, the Australian Federal Police program Thinkuknow, and the Australian Communication and Media Authority research project Click and Connect.

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