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ECU researchers awarded national tender to evaluate cyber-bullying

Wednesday, 23 June 2010


Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) Child Health Promotion Research Centre has been awarded a national tender to evaluate the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Cybersmart Detectives (CSD) online education game.

ECU will be the first organisation to formally evaluate the effectiveness of CSD, which teaches young people how to deal with cyber-safety issues.

The study will address key objectives, including analysing the short-term impact of the game on student cyber-safety awareness, examining the teacher’s role in enforcing cyber-safety and assessing the value of pre and post game lessons in reinforcing cyber-safety messages.

Senior Research Fellow at the Child Health Promotion Research Centre, Dr Julian Dooley, believes evaluation is important in developing effective programs to deal with cyber-bullying.

“The evaluation of this cyber-safety game represents an important step toward the use of evidence informed strategies to promote cyber-safety.

“Using research evidence as a framework to develop cyber-safety strategies is the best approach to develop preventative educational messages and effectively reduce the risks associated with technology,” said Dr Dooley.

The evaluation will also assess the long term effectiveness of the CSD game on educating students about cyber-safety and will extend over a 20-week period.

ECU’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Finlay Jones, said the work of the Child Health Promotion Research Centre is of critical importance to students, parents and teachers.

“Securing this tender highlights the great work done by ECU researchers in developing and evaluating effective programs to combat cyber-bullying within our schools.”

For more information about the work being undertaken at ECU’s Child Health Promotion Research Centre, visit

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