Children are the greatest beneficiaries of the digital era and are learning to navigate the online world at a younger and younger age. We need to ensure our communities are equipped to teach children, and the whole community, how to benefit from online technology whilst being savvy and prepared for the pitfalls - cyber bullying, scams, fraud, exposure to predators and inappropriate content.
Our aim is to create an eSmart Australia, where everyone knows how to be smart, safe and responsible online and passes this information onto our children.
eSmart is a long-term change program designed to educate, track, monitor and prevent bullying and cyber bullying. eSmart Schools is tailor-made for schools and designed to effect change in that specific environment.
It is not a band-aid or a quick fix, and based on documented evidence, it was created to address cyber risks, bullying and cyber bullying – and to help schools meet their duty of care.
eSmart provides schools with management tools to deal with bullying and cyber issues and incidents so that students feel safer and more supported at school. It also helps schools to embrace the benefits of technology while reducing students’ exposure to cyber risks, such as cyber bullying, online sexual predation, sexting, identity theft and fraud.
“I know they have no time. But in the course of the conversation with the teachers attending I was told about students meeting strangers in the park to purchase phones, self-harm due to bullying and large cases of cyber bullying. My question to them was, can you afford NOT to take the time?”
- Amy Williams, Education Officer, Alannah & Madeline Foundation
eSmart firstly works to review your school’s current practices to find technology, procedural and cyber safety gaps.
You’re then guided through a series of activities - both on and offline - and once complete, achieve eSmart Status. It’s seamless. It’s easy. It’s aligned with the Australian curriculum. And it’s endorsed by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.
The eSmart Framework covers six areas: effective school organisation; school plans; policies and procedures; a respectful and caring school community; effective teacher practices; an eSmart curriculum; and partnerships with parents and local communities.
Almost one third of Australian schools are currently applying eSmart, with great success. Participating schools cover Government, Independent and Catholic sectors and include primary and secondary, as well as combined schools.
Implementing eSmart in your school is easy. Teachers are supported with:
When the history of cyber safety in Australian schools is written, there will be a chapter devoted to eSmart. Not only does it meet the needs of educators it provides students the skills and knowledge to use the internet in a safe, smart and responsible way.
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