With one in five Australian children reporting being cyber bullied and the latest research indicating students in regional areas are more susceptible to being bullied online, learning how to be cyber safe has never been more important.
Schools, libraries, community organisations and workplaces around the country are working to protect our most vulnerable from bullying by taking part in this year’s National eSmart Week to showcase their commitment to building a cyber safe community and celebrating the positive side of speaking up.
Held from 1-7 September – in line with National Child Protection Week – National eSmart Week creates awareness, ideas and solutions to keep our children and young people safe online and helps showcase events, activities, creations and commitment to cyber safety.
An initiative of national children’s charity, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, in partnership with Telstra Foundation, the eSmart initiative uses a cultural behaviour-change approach to improve cyber safety, increase digital literacy and reduce on and offline bullying. eSmart is now in one-third of Australian schools and more than 80 per cent of public libraries around the country.
Now in its fifth year, this National eSmart Week is encouraging registered participants to get creative with access to a free,