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KEEPING children safe from online predators is Bruce and Denise Morcombes’ main priority in this year’s Australia’s Biggest Child Safety Lesson.

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation will live stream Australia’s Biggest Child Safety Lesson (ABCSL) to primary school students across Australia next Thursday (June 25) at 10am with a 25-minute educational video.

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The lesson will focus specifically on online safety skills, including expert advice from Australia’s eSafety Commissioner.

Mrs Morcombe said the large amount of time spent online by children, especially during COVID-19 meant the lesson was more important then ever.

“Children are on the internet so much more these days and with COVID-19 we brought the lesson forward because safety and online safety was really important,” she said.

“There is so many predators out there for our children … you have to be so careful of who you are talking to.

“ABCSL will teach children aged 8 to 12 to recognise, react and report unsafe situations online and address unwanted contact, protecting personal information and cyber-bullying”.

Australia’s Biggest Child Safety Lesson aims to make teaching personal safety easy: it provides a plug-in and play safety lesson on its own or teachers, parents and carers can use the extension activities provided to further the conversation.

The video also includes children’s perspectives about the online world, an interview with Australia’s eSafety Commissioner about the risks of being online, and an appearance from Steven Bradley as a Wacky scientist.

Pictured, Bruce and Denise Morcombe. Photo Patrick Woods.

Mr Morcombe said the lesson that contains non-threatening content was one of the “most exciting things” the foundation had produced.

“We know that it works. Last year feedback indicated that at least 10 per cent of educators who participated received a disclosure of harm from a child,” he said.

“It’s not about just producing something that is fluffy and 20 minds in their life around safety, it’s about is it making a difference and when you receive feedback … as scary as that is it’s really important that those lessons are making a difference.”

Viewed by 350,000 children last year, Mr Morcombe hoped they could increase their audience from 350,000 children to nearly half a million.

“We had 600 registrations last year and we have already eclipsed that today, so … it’s getting stronger and better and 15 years down the track I think we will produce something very special,” he said.

In response to the demand for additional resources, the foundation is this year producing a second version of the lesson designed for children aged four to seven to be live streamed on September 10.

Mr Morcombe urged people to go online and register for the free lesson within the next seven days.

To register to participate in Australia’s Biggest Child Safety Lesson click here.

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