Up to $30,000 is available to community organisations and local governments in Victoria to help support youth-led projects that help young people to be safe, positive, respectful and responsible online.
The It’s There for Life Grants are providing one-off funding of up to $30,000 to community organisations and local governments in Victoria to help support youth-led projects that help young people to be safe, positive, respectful and responsible online.
Projects eligible for funding could include, but are not limited to:
- Workshops and information sessions
- Events, forums and activities that bring young people, community organisations and professionals together
- Awareness campaigns about online safety and wellbeing
- Multimedia guides and resources
- Engagement of local champions to provide leadership, advice and support
Minister for Youth Affairs Ryan Smith and Minister for Education Martin Dixon have teamed up to announce $400,000 in Victorian Coalition Government funding that will educate and encourage young people to be responsible digital citizens.
Mr Smith said the Coalition Government would provide grants of up to $30,000 to community organisations for projects that encouraged young Victorians to be safe and responsible online.
“Today’s announcement coincides with Safer Internet Day, which reminds us that although the worldwide web is a wonderful resource, we need to ensure that young people understand the risks,” Mr Smith said.
“These grants are about working with young people to ensure that they are careful about what they say and do online.”
“The successful recipients of these grants will build on the Coalition Government’s It’s There for Life campaign, which reminds young people to think twice before uploading photos or posting online.
Mr Dixon said the grants also complemented the Coalition Government’s cyber safety campaigns in schools.
“It’s vital that young people know how to be safe online, that’s why the Coalition Government continues to work closely with schools to educate students about cyber safety,” Mr Dixon said.
“Victorian schools are leaders in cyber safety education, with more than 1,700 schools signed up to become eSmart schools through the $10.5 million eSmart initiative that helps schools manage cybersafety issues including cyberbullying.”
Held in more than 90 countries, International Safer Internet Day today celebrates its 11th anniversary. In Australia, cybersmart encourages all Australian children, parents and schools to celebrate Safer Internet Day with the theme ‘let’s create a better internet together’.