Schools now have greater certainty when choosing online safety education programs, with the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner publishing an inaugural list of certified providers.
'The Office’s voluntary certification scheme provides schools with the confidence to engage online safety professionals who meet our standards,' said Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Alastair MacGibbon.
'Each of the certified providers have met the four criteria of the scheme including, the capacity to deliver online safety programs; appropriate program content; ability to evaluate and review performance; and experience in presenting online safety programs,' he added.
The Office will work closely with certified providers by offering training sessions covering the latest developments in online safety issues for children and the role the Office undertakes in removing serious cyberbullying material. To help build consistency the Office will also share resources that providers may use in their presentations.
The initial list of certified providers is:
- Centre for Internet Safety Pty Ltd
- Brainstorm Productions Pty Ltd
- Bravehearts Foundation Limited
- Classroom Connections (Northern Lights Pty Ltd)
- Cyber Safety Solutions (SAL Consultants (Vic) P/L)
- INESS Pty Ltd
- Julie Clifton
- Lisa O’Brien
- Optus Administration Pty Limited
- PROJECT ROCKIT Pty Ltd
- Quality Workplace Practices
- Roar Film Pty Ltd
- Safe on Social Pty Ltd
- Student EDGE Pty Ltd
- The Alannah and Madeline Foundation
- The Cyber Safety Lady
Certified providers are listed on the Office’s website for schools to reference at any time, and will be updated regularly.
The Government is committed to providing $7.5 million funding which primary and secondary schools will be able to use to engage certified providers.
Individuals and organisations can apply to become certified online safety program providers. Information is available on the Office’s website, including requirements as set out in the Voluntary Guidelines.