Cybernetrix games

Cybernetrix is an interactive online experience developed by Cybersmart – an initiative of the Australian Communications and Media Authority. It’s produced for secondary students with the aim to inform them about cybersafety through fun activities.

Topics such as

are canvassed. Could be worth a look at over the holidays.

The interview

ACMA’s Cybersmart has published this short video as a reminder about how what we post online could affect us. They explain:

Keep your digital reputation clean and think twice about posting pics…they could affect you later in ways you couldn’t dream of!

Online Aussies satisfied but wary

The Australian Communications Media and Authority has published a 40 page report entitled  Australia’s progress in the digital economy: Participation, trust and confidence. It states that

While most Australians believe the internet has improved their daily lives, a significant number of users have also suffered from an online security breach, new ACMA research shows.

While the majority of Australians believe they know enough about online security to protect themselves, significant numbers of internet users have experienced an online security breach. In the 12 months to May 2012:

  • an estimated 3.2 million internet users in Australia had their computers infected with a malware virus
  • approximately 1.2 million users experienced some form of online credit card fraud. During the same period, 625,000 people also responded to an unsolicited or scam email and provided either personal information or money.


As mentioned on Wednesday, FourSquare is a location-based app and website that enables users to share their location with followers.

foursquare on Vimeo.

FourSquare’s privacy policy states:

Sharing Location

Your location data is ONLY shared with others when you proactively decide to “check in” to tell foursquare you’re at a particular place. Each of your foursquare check-ins is saved to your “Check-in History” which allows you to look back at all the places you have checked in since you created your foursquare account. You can delete any or all of your check-ins from the History page on the foursquare website. If for some reason you ever decide to delete your foursquare account, your entire check-in history will be removed from our database.

Foursquare Friends

To view another user’s check-in information, you need to add them as a friend (and they need to accept your invitation), or you need to accept a friend invitation from them. (Our friending model is similar to Facebook’s “friends” rather than Twitter’s “followers”). Only your foursquare friends can see your feed of individual check-ins.

User Settings

We provide a wide range of privacy controls to all users on the User Settings page. These settings control things such as whether your foursquare friends are allowed to see your email and phone number, whether you want to participate in public Mayorships, whether local merchants can see when you’ve checked into their businesses, and options for sharing your foursquare actions with Twitter and/or Facebook.

“Private Check-ins”

Sometimes you’ll want to check in without sharing your specific whereabouts with friends. This is why we created “Private check-ins” — a way of adding places to your check-in history, earning points and adding to your mayor and badge counts, while maintaining completely privacy (even from friends). We find this comes in handy on dates, dinners with parents, or at a coffee shop when you’re just trying to get some work done – really anywhere where you don’t want to friends to drop in. To check-in “privately”, simply select “No” on the “Share this check-in with friends” option seen on every “check-in” screen across our mobile apps.

Twitter and Facebook

Foursquare gives you the option of sharing some of your activity to your Twitter and/or Facebook accounts. Of course, when you publish foursquare check-ins, Mayorships, or badge unlocks to Twitter or Facebook, this information will be viewable by the communities on those services (and in the case of Twitter, may be discoverable by search engines). Please see our FAQs for more information on what happens when you choose to connect your foursquare account to your Twitter or Facebook accounts, and how you can adjust which information you share across these services.

Obviously sharing your location has both positive and negative aspects so The Australian Communications and Media Authority has published this guide to location-based services.

 There are currently 20,000,000 FourSquare users. Read more about FourSquare here.

Tagged wins Silver World Medal at the New York Festivals Television and Film Awards

In October last year, we promoted the ACMA short film on cybersafety, Tagged. Recently Tagged was named the silver medalist at the New York Festivals Television and Film Awards.

ACMA Deputy Chairman Richard Bean said

‘With so many platforms available to communicate with teenagers, it was essential that Tagged was made to stand out and resonate with young audiences. This award is a welcome endorsement of the film and how it addresses serious issues facing young people.’

Read more here.

Actions for grandparents

It’s nearly school holidays, a time when many grandparents spend time with their grandchildren. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has devised tips for grandparents in regards to their keeping their grandchildren safe online.

  1. Sit together with your children or grandchildren at the computer.
  2. Ask your family to show you how the internet can benefit you, and make your life easier.
  3. Once you feel comfortable, have a go at navigating the online world yourself.

There’s much more information for grandparents (and parents and kids) on ACMA’s site, click here for more.