e-Smart for Parents

About eSmart Schools

 eSmart Schools is a behaviour-change initiative designed to help schools improve cybersafety and reduce cyberbullying and bullying.

eSmart Schools provides a framework that guides the introduction of policies, practices and whole-school change processes to support the creation of a cybersafe or eSmart environment.

eSmart Schools was developed by RMIT University in consultation with cybersafety, bullying, education and industry experts from across Australia. In 2010, eSmart was piloted in 159 schools across Australia with funding from the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

An independent evaluation of the eSmart Schools pilot found that 96 per cent of pilot schools would recommend eSmart to other schools.

As of January 2014, over 2000 Australian schools are participating in eSmart.

Creating an eSmart Australia

eSmart is a series of cultural change interventions developed by The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, aimed at creating positive, respectful and inclusive cultures which reduce bullying and cyberbullying and increase online safety.

At the Foundation, we recognise a whole-of-community approach is needed in order to create change.  Our goal is to create an eSmart Australia.

Our eSmart approach is based on the premise that real behavioural and cultural change requires systemic, long-term, multifaceted interventions.

The Foundation is currently implementing two major eSmart initiatives across Australia.
•    eSmart Schools is currently being implemented in over 2000 schools across Australia; and
•    eSmart Libraries is being rolled out to all 1500 public libraries nationally.

Follow this link for practical, issue-focused information and advice for parents with children of all ages.

Issues in this edition:-

Cyberbullying, Social Networking, Sexting, Mobile Phone Safety, Offensive or Illegal Behaviour, How much is too much? Resources