Cybersmart film recognised in New York Film Awards
Press release from the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, and Chair of the Joint Select Committee for Cybersafety, Senator Catryna Bilyk, today welcomed the news that Tagged has won a silver medal at the New York Festival’s International Film and Television Awards.
Tagged, a short film to help educate young people about cyberbullying, sexting and protecting their digital reputation, was developed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and launched by Senator Conroy in September 2011.
“The government takes the online safety and security of all Australians, especially our young, very seriously,” Senator Conroy said.
“We have committed $125.8 million to our Cybersafety Plan, which is a comprehensive strategy to combat online risks to children and help parents and educators protect children from inappropriate material. This includes funding to support cybersafety education and awareness initiatives provided by ACMA.”
Senator Conroy said Tagged was developed by ACMA under this plan. School children, including members of the Youth Advisory Group on Cybersafety (YAG), informed the production of this film.
“I would like to thank the students from Brighton Secondary College and Northcote High School who contributed valuable feedback and acted as extras in the film.”
“I would also like to thank Wesley College in Melbourne for participating in the YAG and allowing their students to contribute to the making of this award winning film,” Senator Conroy said.
“It is a valuable short film that I encourage all young people, parents and teachers to see,” Senator Bilyk said.
Tagged can be viewed online now at www.cybersmart.gov.au/tagged or can be ordered on DVD free of charge from the Cybersmart website.
The film is accompanied by lesson plans, activities and character interviews that promote positive online behaviour, for use in schools.