For Teachers

98% of principals would refer the eSmart program to another school


Why every school should be eSmart

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

By giving your school the resources and tools you need, eSmart creates the smart, safe and responsible use of technology within – and around – the whole school community.

The eSmart process

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:

  • a website providing easy resources, tools, best-practice information and case studies
  • an online system to record, track and report on the school’s progress
  • a kit clearly outlining the steps to achieving eSmart Status
  • training sessions (including regional) and online training
  • regular support webinars
  • one-on-one support in person (including regional areas)
  • regular newsletters containing current cyber safety and bullying issues, journey helpers, PD events and helpful      tips.

“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.”
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, Child and Adolescent Psychologist

How else can you help?

Send an email to your Education Minister or State Premier urging them to fund eSmart in your school. Click here for the template.

Help ensure your students are using their smartphone, device and computer safely by getting their eSmart Digital Licence. Click here for more information.

Upskill your school community on cyber safety and bullying with a 60 minute Connect workshop. Click here for more information.

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