Wednesday, 02 June 2010
ECU’s 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.
CHPRC 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 re-enforcing 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.
Evaluation will begin shortly and will extend over a twenty-week period. For more information please contact Dr Julian Dooley .