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eSmart Teachers + eSmart Parents = eSmart Students

We believe that working together is the key to being eSmart. That's why we've created a suite of resources to support everyone – teachers, parents and students. 

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For teachers

Teachers’ guide to working alone online with children
This guide includes information on clear documentation and authorisation; recording key information; staff training in child safety and reporting appropriate platforms, and risk assessment.

How buddies can help us get back to school
This guide looks at how buddy programs can help students build the social connectedness and confidence they need after a period of uncertainty.

'Morning meeting'

This includes tips for running an interactive session with your students online; deepening relationships; checking how everyone is going; and getting motivated. 

Student photographers capture history during the pandemic
This video about students' photography of COVID-19 includes amazing photos that you can use as a way of deepening engagement with students not keen on written or verbal communication.

Tips for creating a warmer, friendlier online classroom
This article covers: making your own image onscreen look personalised and welcoming; not relying too much on slides or videos; sharing encouraging messaging; giving students different ways to show how they are doing; and the importance of yourself and reduce your own anxiety.

Key learnings from the first period of remote teaching
This article looks at recognising huge differences in students' tech access; realising students can't be expected to all do the same thing; and the importance of pushing back against expectations of perfection and 24/7 availability.

Thought-provoking infographics


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For parents

Helping young people exposed to upsetting content
This article, from Netsafe NZ, provides insight into how to help a young person if they are exposed to upsetting content.

Why students don't bock and report cyber bullying – and what parents can do
This guidance document offers advice on how parents can help their kids understand what to do if they encounter cyber bullying online. 

Five tips for parents on using play to support children
This downloadable resource include information on using play to help your children have fun, build skills, work off their worries, and grow closer to their parents during home isolation.

Managing routines for children during COVID-19
This video for parents look at keeping a good routine at home, including the value of routine for kids and creating a new one.

Helping children deal with stress during the coronavirus outbreak
This factsheet is designed to help parents support their children through COVID stress, including help in recognising stress behaviours and the importance of being extra caring and kind. 

Children's mental health during coronavirus 
This podcast will help parents understand what their children might be thinking right now and delve into tactics, such as limiting media sources and exposure.

Coronavirus: Family guide
This useful guide covers topics such as talking with teens about distancing and isolation, including how teens might be feeling, and recognising the things they’ve lost. 

COVID-19: The importance of young people making virtual connections
This article contains handy tips on organising a virtual playdate for your children and details why it’s important. 

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For students

Five apps to help you study better
This article details handy apps that reward you for time spent off your phone, track and improve your sleep health, and challenge you to short physical exercise. 

How to handle fear about the future: A guide for year 12 students
This informative guide covers such as topics as: handling fear about the future, making plans for different possible scenarios, having tactics to cheer yourself up, and taking control of your own space. 

Five steps to talking to someone you trust
This article looks at how to choose someone to talk to, deciding in advance what to say, why you need to find the right time to talk, and explaining how you’re feeling.

A guide to dealing with constant change due to COVID-19
This guide looks at identifying your fears, and details constructive steps to take in conquering them, such as committing to mini tasks to build self-efficacy, identifying things you’re grateful for, and getting support to help shift negative thought patterns. 

Tips for getting and staying motivated
This article looks at steps to keep you motivated such as 
setting goals, finding goals that interest you even within tasks that don’t, plotting your progress and connecting with others.

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