The Australian Communications and Media Authority has released an information pack designed to assist library staff in promoting safe internet use in public libraries, particularly for children. The pack will be delivered to every public library in Australia.
Produced in collaboration with the Australian Library and Information Association and public library representatives, the information pack is being launched during Library and Information Week 2008 (19 – 25 May).
‘With 12 million users across Australia, public libraries are a key partner for ACMA in spreading the message about cybersafety,’ said Chris Chapman, ACMA Chairman.
‘ACMA has worked closely with the Australian Library and Information Association to ensure that materials will support public library staff in implementing policies and practices for safe internet use in the library environment,’ Mr Chapman said.
Recognising the theme for Library and Information Week, ‘Libraries are for everyone’, the ACMA information pack is made up of the following resources for library users and staff:
- The Cybersmart Guide for Library Staff
- A cyber rules poster for young internet users
- Online information videos.
ACMA has also produced the Cybersmart Guide for Families to provide parents with practical advice and information on safe internet use in the library and at home.
Raising awareness of online safety is critical in ensuring children enjoy safe and positive internet experiences, and know how to protect themselves from risks. ACMA’s cybersafety program for public libraries is a key part of its broad cybersafety activity, which provides education resources, advice and support for young people, teachers, families, and library staff throughout Australia.
Australian Women Online will be speaking with Sue Hutley, Executive Director of the Australian Library and Information Association next month for a feature article to published on the website in the first week of June 2008.