National eSmart Week 2020 – it's a wrap!

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We were so pleased to see more than 800 schools, libraries and communities come together for National eSmart Week 2020. What a sensational week it was! It was wonderful to have more than 1,800 students, teachers and parents take part in our virtual eSmart offerings and celebrate the approaches to keep Connecting Safely!

Let’s not forget our amazing National eSmart Week eBook jam-packed full of activities, which enabled schools and libraries to take part in online safety activities across Australia throughout this week. We also loved seeing how schools, libraries and community organisations embraced these activities with increased engagement online using the hashtag #esmartweek.

The highlights 

This year’s National eSmart Week included a free live webinar hosted by our Ambassador, adolescent & child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, called Managing the Coronacoaster. This session attracted more than 400 parents who gained tips on building resilient families in the coronavirus era.

More than 1,200 students participated in our daily Kahoot Quizzes, an online cyber safety Storytime session and a webcursion that explored student digital wellbeing. Close to 100 teachers attended our free Virtual Connect workshops,  Teaching in the Digital World and Risk and Response. 

Libraries also got the opportunity to take part in a webinar exploring eSmart’s Media Literacy Lab, a new education resource for young people aged 12-16. The Lab helps teach essential media literacy knowledge and skills, and encourages our youth to safely speak up against misinformation and hate speech.

Thank you 

Thank you to everyone who took part in National eSmart Week this year! We received such a great response, with many schools and libraries posting student creations via videos, photos, shareables and connecting safely tips online. Check out the incredible work done by St Paul’s Primary School, Mildura.

Finally, we would like to extend a huge congratulations to the following National eSmart Week competition winners: Mundijong Public Library (WA), St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School (Warragul, VIC) and Sunbury Downs College (VIC). Each of these competition winners have been notified and will enjoy a free eSmart Virtual Connect Workshop for their library and/or school community. 

Register now for 2021

Next year’s National eSmart Week will be held from 5-11 September 2021 and registrations are now open. Make sure you mark this week of celebrations to help promote the smart, safe and responsible use of digital technology in your yearly planners and calendars now. And don't forget to follow us on Twitter to keep up to date on all eSmart news and events.

We look forward to you joining us next year to celebrate National eSmart Week!

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