Why eSmart was created

Why the need for eSmart?

While the internet is great for learning and socialising, at the Alannah & Madeline Foundation we hear stories every day about its pitfalls, from children being exposed to inappropriate content, to fraud and scams, and being bullied – which can and does contribute to anxiety, depression and in extreme cases, suicide. Yes, that’s the extreme outcome, but tragically, it’s also reality. And it happens more often than you think.


As a nation, we should all be working to ensure we invest time and resources into raising a generation of smart, safe and responsible children, who are capable and compassionate – both on and offline.

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 and help schools meet their duty of care.

Our goal is to keep children safe from bullying, cyber bullying and violence. eSmart is a way to achieve this.

What is eSmart

eSmart, an initiative of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, helps teachers to best manage cyber risks, bullying and cyber bullying issues and incidents so students feel safer and supported at school.

It is a framework that sits across the entire school – teachers, students, parents and the school community – and is embedded into the school through the curriculum, leadership, technology and wellbeing.

eSmart also supports 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.

We need your help. Add your voice to make every school in Australia an eSmart School. 

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How can we do this together?

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


Help ensure your students are using their smart phone, 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.


Donate to our programs that help keep children safe from violence.

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