Teaching remote students to use the internet safely

ABC's Regional Schools Ambassadors Program

Disinformation is plaguing internet users everywhere. Students in remote and regional areas of Australia often have less access to information that can help them distinguish factual information from rumour or lies, than their metropolitan counterparts.

To help improve access to information and internet safety for students in disadvantaged areas, the ABC, in partnership with the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas, has launched the Regional Schools Ambassadors Program.

Overcoming adversity

To help improve outcomes for students in disadvantaged areas, the ABC with the support of JNI, has launched the Regional Schools Ambassadors Program.

ABC journalists from Albany, Karratha, Alice Springs, Dubbo, Longreach, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Mackay, Cairns and Burnie will deliver workshops in regional and remote class rooms.

The hands-on sessions are designed to help students analyse the news they consume and help them become empowered audiences.

The workshops are tailored to the different regions and draw on the journalists’ local knowledge and content.

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About the project

Funding to pilot a program across northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory where ABC journalists and education specialists will train local educators and students to deliver media literacy workshops.