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Senator Stephen Conroy has announced an online computer game that aims to teach children how to use Triple Zero in an emergency.

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Called Triple Zero Kids’ Challenge, this online game is aimed at ‘5-10 year-olds and uses colourful, animated characters in nine interactive scenarios to provide lessons to children on the confident and appropriate use of Triple Zero.’

Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy said, “Triple Zero is a vital national service and must be used responsibly for it to truly be effective in times of need. The game features police, fire and ambulance services to deliver lessons on safety. Children can play a vital part in ensuring a fast emergency response if they know how to use Triple Zero and what to expect.”

The Triple Zero Kid’s Challenge is an initiative of the Triple Zero Awareness Working Group. The game will teach children how to respond properly to operators’ questions when phoning Triple Zero. Children will also learn the important information they need to provide to operators, such as which emergency service they need help from, what the nature of the emergency is and where the emergency is happening.

“It is never too early for kids to learn how to use Triple Zero and this game will help reinforce to only use Triple Zero if there is an actual emergency,” concluded Conroy.

The Triple Zero Awareness Working Group has requested that primary school teachers use the game during class to ensure their students learn this valuable information. Children are also encouraged to play the game at home with their parents and siblings so that families can learn these life-saving messages together.

The game can be accessed at primary schools or at home via the website: www.triplezero.gov.au

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