Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) & Technology

Posted on Tuesday 3, September 2013

Technology and access to online spaces is a natural part of children’s lives in the 21st century. In recognising the ever increasing access to technology and online spaces, Kew Primary seeks to provide learning experiences for students to further understand themselves as learners and investigate the world in which we live, in order for them to be active and responsible citizens in the 21st Century. At Kew Primary we are committed to make cyber safety and cyber responsibility a normal part of students use with technology.

On Tuesday 10th September from 9.30am-10.30am Grade 5 & 6 students will have a presentation from Delia Rickard, the Deputy Chair of the ACCC (Australian Competition & Consumer Commission).

The presentation is part of a worldwide project in collaboration with an international network of similar regulators, called the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network – ICPEN .

The presentation has two purposes. The first is to gather information on applications that might be marketed as "free," or otherwise don’t cost a lot to download; but then a user, often children, are encouraged to spend money on things like added features or upgrades .The second purpose is to raise awareness for consumers of ‘in app purchases’

This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to be engaged in real-world issues and to learn about cyber safety and cyber responsibility.

Further information can be found at:

http://www.accc.gov.au/

Andrew Wood