Local students will this week take part in a cyber safety program which aims to equip them with simple and effective tools for being safe online.
Bundaberg Christian College students will be armed with online safety skills thanks to the free Optus’ Digital Thumbprint Program.
It forms part of a roadshow across regional Wide Bay Queensland where over 1,700 students will be participating over the next two months.
Optus Territory General Manager for Wide Bay Queensland, Mungo O’Brien said that given eased restrictions in the state, he was thrilled to bring the program to students, sparking conversations around digital practice as well as some of the other challenging topics related to the online world.
“With the current situation driving more online activity, conversations around necessary precautions such as creating strong passwords and enabling privacy settings on social media have become more important than ever,” Mungo said.
“As a leading provider of internet technology, it’s important for us to highlight to students that they don’t have to be an expert at navigating the internet to practice these safe habits.
“The Digital Thumbprint Program ensures students are able to take home some valuable skills when it comes to cybersecurity, verifying credible information and what to keep in mind to create a positive digital footprint.”
Since the program’s launch in 2013, the government accredited Optus Digital Thumbprint Program has educated over 430,000 primary and secondary students across Australia on how to be safer and smarter online.
Optus Digital Thumbprint Program is completely free for schools and does not promote any Optus products or services.