Sunday 1 September marked the fifth National eSmart Week, an annual celebration where schools, libraries, workplaces and community organisations come together to promote the smart, safe and responsible use of digital technology.
This year’s initiative, held during National Child Protection Week, was themed Keeping Communities Safe Online and saw more than 1,000 schools, libraries, community organisations and workplaces play a part in raising awareness about, and offering insights into, the issues of cyber safety, bullying and wellbeing.
Federal MPs launch National eSmart Week
The week kicked off with a media launch at Auburn South Primary School in Victoria, with Federal Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon. Paul Fletcher MP, launching the event alongside the Federal Treasurer and local member for Kooyong the Hon. John Frydenberg MP, principal Marcus Wicher and Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta.
During the visit a group of Grade Five students demonstrated their cyber safety knowledge with Alannah & Madeline Foundation Senior Advisor, Amy Williams, facilitating a live Digital Licence quiz.
Libraries lend their expert voices
More than 250 library services and branches hosted important community education events and fun competitions as part of National eSmart Week.
Many cyber safety experts and authors shared their knowledge at cyber safety workshops across the country, such as investigative journalist Ginger Gorman, who spoke to NSW and ACT communities about her eye-opening book, Troll Hunting.
Schools get creatively eSmart
More than 700 Australian government, Catholic and independent schools celebrated National eSmart Week.
School eSmart leaders drew inspiration from our free Activity Toolkit and got creative by running scavenger hunts, poster competitions, parent/carer polls, non-uniform/dress-in-purple days and facilitating student presentations about respectful behaviours and staying safe online. The response was incredible!
A look into the latest research on childhood bullying
In Victoria, the eSmart team hosted a unique professional learning event for teachers at Heide Museum of Modern Art, with a keynote presentation by paediatrician and Director of Royal Children’s Hospital National Child Health Poll Dr Anthea Rhodes.
Rhodes delved into findings from the recent Royal Children’s Hospital National Child Health Poll on childhood bullying and looked at how parents are responding to the issue.
The keynote was followed by an innovative workshop by Alannah & Madeline Foundation Senior Advisor, Dan Donahoo, where participants built a school underpinned by values and safeguarding our children.
We saw a hive of activity across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as schools, libraries and community organisations shared their #eSmartWeek and #CreativelyeSmart activities. The activity reached nearly 200,000 users.
We even saw communities come together online to debate cyber safety education, including an #AussieEd chat on Beyond Phone Bans, hosted by Santa Sabina College’s Zeina Chalich.
Until next year
We’re so proud to host National eSmart Week and couldn’t do it without the support of our eSmart community. Thank you for being part of this important initiative to build an Australia free from cyber bullying.
Save the date
Can’t wait for next year? National eSmart Week will be held on 6-12 September in 2020. Mark your calendar and get planning!
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