The world-leading system designed to help schools manage cybersafety and deal with cyberbullying and bullying.
We are excited to announce we now have more than 1,500 schools participating in eSmart Schools nationwide. This milestone is a demonstration of the significant impact eSmart Schools is having in improving cybersafety within schools.
Since the roll-out in June 2011, we continue to be inspired by the passion and dedication from whole school communities to empower students to be smart, safe and responsible users of technology.
eSmart Schools is making a real difference in schools across all sectors and year levels, equipping them with the resources and knowledge to effectively create a school culture that embraces the positives of the ever-changing cyber-world.
We would also like to give a special thanks to all eSmart Coordinators who fly the flag to drive best-practice cybersafety in their schools - as eSmart leaders, you're initiating positive behaviour-change that benefits your whole community.
The eSmart Coordinator at St Phillip's Christian College in NSW strongly believes in the importance of eSmart in his school community.
"Students will no longer accept online bullying as something that just 'happens'. Our school is developing a culture where such things are not only frowned upon, but that students will work together to eradicate." Adam Lear, St Phillip's Christian College, NSW.
We look forward to supporting more and more Australian schools in their efforts to create a strong and caring cyber-safe culture.
eSmart is an easy-to-use, evidence-based and tested system, providing a framework approach to help improve cybersafety and wellbeing in Australian schools.
In 2010, eSmart was piloted in 159 schools across Australia with funding from the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). The Edith Cowan University's Child Health Promotion Research Centre independently evaluated the pilot, finding 96 per cent of pilot schools would recommend eSmart to other schools. Participating schools reported that eSmart prompted cybersafety action they would otherwise not have undertaken.
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation updated the system based on feedback from the pilot. eSmart is now available to all schools across Australia.
The Victorian and Queensland Governments have partnered with the Foundation to make eSmart available to all their state government schools for free, and in Victoria, some independent and Catholic schools that are classified as disadvantaged.
eSmart is available to all other Australian schools for $3,500 (+GST) per school (per campus) over four years. This can be paid in four annual instalments of $875 (+GST).
Creating an eSmart Australia
Chilwell Primary School promotes cybersafety
Victorian schools become eSmart
Julie Grantham, the Director-General of the Queensland Department of Education, explains how eSmart is supporting schools
Victorian Education Minister Martin Dixon explains why eSmart is so important
Cybersafety and Wellbeing Initiative
Cybersafety and Wellbeing Initiative supporters