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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Be deadly online: Indigenous Australians urged to be cybersmart

Date posted: 8 April 2014

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has launched Australia's first comprehensive package of cybersafety resources for young Indigenous Australians: Be deadly online.

The resources provide positive practical advice on cyberbullying, sexting and digital footprint management, and were designed in response to concerns from Indigenous community leaders about the impact of such behaviours on families and communities.

Be deadly online is a package of digital resources which includes a series of short animations, posters and a behind the scenes 'making of video'. The resources are available in the form of a portal on the ACMA Cybersmart website.

The program was created with contributions from a number of Indigenous communities across Australia, including Yarrabah in Tropical North Queensland, regional Victoria and the Mid West Gasgoyne region of Western Australia.

At the launch of the portal, Bernadine Yeatman, Head of Department for Yarrabah State School said, 'Cybersmart champions remember that online business is everyone's business. They remember that their digital footprint can either build up a community's reputation or tear it down. Cybersmart champions always respect themselves, others and their culture online.'



Gretchen Martins
Senior Communications Advisor
Ph: (03) 9963 6801


Last updated: 8 April 2014
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