Overview of Being Safety Smart
Being Safety Smart was initiated by the Queensland Police Service due to the increasing risk of child abduction, assault and abuse in the region and brought to public attention with the disappearance of Daniel Morcombe in 2003. Being Safety Smart aims to reduce the incidence of ch ild abuse by increasing children's awareness of situations that might impact upon their personal safety and empowering them with the ability to act appropriately when these situations arise. Data has suggested that children in regional and remote areas may be at greater risk of abuse than children in other areas. In response, Being Safety Smart is an internet delivered resource which can enable children in regional and remote areas to have access to the safety awareness message.
Being Safety Smart builds on the experience and evaluation of other child safety, abduction and sexual abuse programs worldwide, together with practical experience and real-life evidence in Australia from the Queensland Police Service and the Crime and Misconduct Commission, to create best practice messages and strategies, accessible to children aged 6 to 8 using supported classroom activities and online resources.
Being Safety Smart is a fun to play cartoon world with interactive stories and mini games. Children learn key safety strategies through solving puzzles and completing activities online. Children are protected whilst playing Being Safety Smart as there are no opportunities within the game for children to chat with, or share information with others.