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Cyber Friendly Primary Schools Project – Kids Reference Group

Do your kids like spending time online?

Do you think they may have ideas of ways to keep themselves and other kids safer online?

Researchers at the Telethon Kids Institute are looking for six 9 - 12 year old’s from Perth to be a part of a Kid’s Reference Group for a new project on cyber safety.

We also have a Parents Reference Group if you're interested in applying.

group of multicultural children around 8 years old sitting on a grey couch looking at a mobile phone, a tablet and a laptop

About the project/vacancy

Researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute want to hear from 9 – 12 year old’s in Perth about a new project focused on helping primary school children to use devices that connect to the internet more safely.

The Cyber Friendly Primary Schools Project hopes to:

  • Reduce any harm caused by children when they are online
  • Develop a range of resources to help build parents’ and teachers’ confidence and skills to talk to children about being safer online  

The resources developed as part of the project will be tested with parents and teachers of children in Years 4 – 6, in ten primary schools in Western Australia.

About the position

Researchers from the Health Promotion and Education Research Team at the Telethon Kids Institute are seeking six children, across Years 4, 5 and 6 at primary school, to join this new Kid’s Reference Group.

What am I expected to do?

The researchers want to get kids’ views on:

  • Their experiences when they are online
  • The most useful ways for parents, teachers and other adults to communicate with kids about using technology
  • How kids can contribute to school cyber-safety activities
  • Ways to inform other kids about the research 

Reference group meetings will be fun and interactive sessions. Parents will not be present at meetings, but all Telethon Kids Institute staff involved have a Working with Children Check and have criminal history clearance.

What skills or experience do I need?

Parent / Guardian permission will be required for a child to be involved in this Reference Group.

Young people wanting to be involved in this group need to be in Years 4, 5 or 6 at primary school (aged between 9 – 12 years) in Perth and interested in sharing their thoughts and ideas. Some experience of using the Internet would be helpful.

How long am I expected to be involved?

The Reference Group will meet twice a year for three years. Each meeting will be approximately one hour and no longer than two hours.

Where will meetings be held?

Telethon Kids Institute, Perth Children's Hospital

What support is offered?

An honorarium will be offered for meetings attended. The cost of parking will also be reimbursed.

Applications close: 22 July 2019

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