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Behind the News: Cyberattack/50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum/Kids TV/Space Messages/Sea Dragon
Cyberattack/50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum/Kids TV/Space Messages/Sea Dragon
ABC Me  |  May 23, 2017

Cyberattack
Last week, a massive cyberattack hit computers right around the world. It caused some big problems, but how did it all happen? In our lead story next week, we explain how a computer can be hacked and why some people might want to.

50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum
Next Saturday is the 50th anniversary of a really important moment in Australia's history; the 1967 referendum. It saw the majority of Australians vote to change our country's laws to count Indigenous Australians as full citizens. We take a special look at the events that led up to this momentous vote and how things have changed since.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection:
Present civics and citizenship ideas and viewpoints for a particular purpose using civics and citizenship terms and concepts Year 5

Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy:
The process for constitutional change through a referendum Year 7

History / Knowledge and Understanding:
Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children Year 6

Kids TV
Recently the government announced a review into how much children's TV should be shown on commercial networks. Currently there are rules about how many hours are broadcast and how much of it must be made in Australia. But some people are worried that if those rules disappear in the future, so will many great kids programs.

Space Messages
Have you ever wondered what you would say if you could send a message into space? Some kids in WA are working on messages that will soon be transmitted 4 light years away. We find out what they're going to say and how their messages will travel so far.

Sea Dragon
Australian scientists are trying to save a unique marine species that is tough to find at the best of times. It's called the Weedy Sea Dragon and there are worries the creatures are now endangered. But to confirm that, researchers need help from citizen scientists and some amazing facial recognition software.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
Living things have life cycles. Year 4

Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4

Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment Year 5

The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6

Cyberattack
Last week, a massive cyberattack hit computers right around the world. It caused some big problems, but how did it all happen? In our lead story next week, we explain how a computer can be hacked and why some people might want to.

50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum
Next Saturday is the 50th anniversary of a really important moment in Australia's history; the 1967 referendum. It saw the majority of Australians vote to change our country's laws to count Indigenous Australians as full citizens. We take a special look at the events that led up to this momentous vote and how things have changed since.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection:
Present civics and citizenship ideas and viewpoints for a particular purpose using civics and citizenship terms and concepts Year 5

Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy:
The process for constitutional change through a referendum Year 7

History / Knowledge and Understanding:
Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children Year 6

Kids TV
Recently the government announced a review into how much children's TV should be shown on commercial networks. Currently there are rules about how many hours are broadcast and how much of it must be made in Australia. But some people are worried that if those rules disappear in the future, so will many great kids programs.

Space Messages
Have you ever wondered what you would say if you could send a message into space? Some kids in WA are working on messages that will soon be transmitted 4 light years away. We find out what they're going to say and how their messages will travel so far.

Sea Dragon
Australian scientists are trying to save a unique marine species that is tough to find at the best of times. It's called the Weedy Sea Dragon and there are worries the creatures are now endangered. But to confirm that, researchers need help from citizen scientists and some amazing facial recognition software.

TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -

Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences:
Living things have life cycles. Year 4

Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4

Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment Year 5

The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6

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September 1, 2020  |  ABC Me

Border Debate There’s been some debate about the decision of many states and territories to shut their borders to try to stop the spread of COVID-19. While some experts say it’s an effective way to keep people safe, it’s having a big impact on families and businesses and some, including the Prime Minister, have called for State Premiers to ease restrictions. We look at the issue of border closures and find out why state governments sometimes have more power than the PM. Hay Fever Season Spring officially starts next week, which means warmer weather and for some, hay fever. It’s a bigger problem than usual this year because the cold-and-flu-like symptoms of hay fever could be mistaken for COVID-19. We find out more about hay fever and what you can do about it. Going Cashless For years now cards and phones have been replacing cash in Australia and around the world and experts say the trend is accelerating because of COVID-19. We find out about the advantages and disadvantages of ditching coins and notes and what affect it could have on Aussies. Taste Adventures The CSIRO has launched a new program called Food Adventurers to try to encourage Aussie primary school kids to eat more vegetables. Studies show that many still aren’t getting their five recommended serves a day and that’s partly because they don’t like the taste. We find out more about the science of taste and how we can learn to love the things that are good for us. COVID Catch-Up We meet 10-year-old Suzy from Melbourne who’s been putting her time in lockdown to good use. She’s created a newspaper called COVID-Catchup to share information, ideas and inspiration with other kids in her neighbourhood.

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