The students, from across Melbourne, were taken to La Trobe University, for the free interactive program which is meant to help them lean how to be safe, responsible and thrive in the digital world.
Optus sustainability director Helen Maisano said: “Digital Smarts Day is developed from the Optus Digital Thumbprint program. We partner with Kids Helpline for primary school students and we also deliver Digital Thumbprint for secondary school students. Our aim through these free, interactive in-school programs is to support young Australians with the knowledge and practical advice for a positive online experience.”
The Digital Thumbprint program empowers young people to stay safe online and through it more than 100,000 students have learned to be safer and smarter online.
Optus' Alison Polyik, students from Macleod College, Optus cyber security expert Stewart Hayes and Dr Alex Ng, lecturer in cyber security at La Trobe University.
“Students explored careers with Optus cyber security professionals and heard first-hand from students undertaking La Trobe University’s under and post graduate courses in cyber security.
“While the digital world presents significant issues such as cyber bullying, it also provides countless benefits and opportunities. Events such as Digital Smarts Day and our ongoing programs within primary and secondary schools provide young people with practical strategies to navigate risk and important insights to prepare for the cyber jobs of tomorrow."
La Trobe University vice-chancellor Professor John Dewar said the Digital Smarts Day program was aligned with La Trobe’s expertise in cyber security research and teaching.
“We are delighted to partner with Optus on this important program which will not only help young people become responsible digital citizens but will also open their eyes to the wealth of exciting future job opportunities in the rapidly evolving field of cyber security,” he said.
“Students who choose to study one of La Trobe’s own wide-ranging cyber security degrees learn from research experts at the top of their game in disciplines spanning cyber intelligence, information technology, cyber-crime and cyber law – all areas in demand from employers in Australia and across the world.”