Thursday Releases

It's day four of National eSmart Week!

Today's theme isCyber Buddy Day
Cyber Buddy Day focuses on teaching students the values of caring for others, friendliness, respect, valuing difference, including others and responsibility. The activities and webinars offered today aims to create positive behaviour, as well as build students’ self-esteem, connectedness, social skills, trust and sense of community.


Toolkit Activity:

What constitutes too much time online?  What are the repercussions?
Today’s Cyber Buddy activity is well suited for junior and middle school students to discuss together what it looks like for someone to spend too much time online (tired, yawning, red eyes, sore head etc.) and someone who has a balanced time online (outside playing, doing homework on the iPad, playing in the local soccer team). 
Show the worksheet on the interactive white board and use as a discussion tool. Have students draw the same three circles to represent what too much screen time looks like to them, what balanced free time looks like, and what their own free time is made up of. Encourage students to use their preferred learning style, use pictures to represent ideas and/or use words to represent ideas, and/or create a pie graph to represent allotments of time.


New Activity:

Digital Buddies is a cross-age activity. Senior buddies work with junior buddies to help them learn to use digital devices safely. Older buddies can work with teachers to ensure they understand the material and that they can modify it for junior buddies understanding. Older children can develop concepts, graphics and other material in this interactive and fun activity.

Digital Release

Daniel Donahoo is a researcher, writer and producer of digital content and experiences for children and young people. He is the Learning Producer at Deeper Richer and author of Idolising Children and co-author of Adproofing your Kids.

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For Cyber Buddy Day Daniel Donohoo shares how we can all, as families and learning communities, talk and share what we know about technology to learn from each other – and to help keep each other safe and respect one another in relation to digital technology.

Read the blog post

Featured Partner


Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia’s leading parenting experts. Justin is also a highly sought-after international speaker delivering keynote speeches and workshops to boost wellbeing and improve relationships for parents, teachers, students and employees and students.

Pre-Recorded Webinar: "Helping kids help each other stay safe online"

Dr Justin Coulson, also our Alannah & Madeline Foundation eSmart Digital Licence advocate, uses anecdotes and evidence to discuss how our kids can be better buddies by keeping one another safe online.

Tune into the webinar here!

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