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Media Release - Monday 6 February, 2017

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation is expanding its series of workshops to all workplaces and organisations that work with children.

The popularity of its workshops at many of its 2300 eSmart-registered schools and 800 eSmart public libraries on cyber safety, care and bullying have led to the Foundation launching the nationwide speaker bureau, Connect.

Connect will help the Foundation meet the demand from workplaces and organisations that work with children, including councils, government departments and small and medium-sized enterprises up to multinationals.

Connect, which launches today, provides a broad range of solutions for different stakeholders, has evidence-based frameworks, enhances and enriches existing practises and already has a proven impact in schools and public libraries. 

Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta says it is vital that all Australians who work with children understand these very important issues and how to recognise and deal with them.

“The feedback from teachers, librarians and parents about the positive impact our workshops have had in schools and libraries has been tremendous,” she said. “It has been the catalyst for creating Connect, which can deliver to more communities and therefore have an even greater impact.

“Bullying and cyber bullying make children's lives miserable and every school and workplace needs to be equipped to resist, counteract and educate this modern scourge.”

Connect will take many elements of The Foundation’s eSmart programs, accredited by the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner, and will utilise the expertise within the Foundation in relation to cyber safety, bullying and the impact of violence on children and young people.  

Workshop modules, delivered by the Foundation’s team of experts, include the ‘3 Cs’ of cyber safety (contact, conduct and content) and to THINK before you post (so your actions are true, helpful, inspiring, necessary and kind). Modules also look at the impacts of violence and trauma on children, social and emotional learning, valuing difference, building resilience and respectful relationships.

Connect will be available to communities nationally, including schools, libraries and workplaces that work with children and young people.

Organisations can choose from set 60-minute sessions or build their own workshops by combining a number of modules that match their needs.

And to mark the worldwide Safer Internet Day on 7 February, all bookings made on the day through www.amf.org.au/connect will attract a 10% discount.

Connect will also offer one-off speaker engagements from its cyber safety, bullying and care experts and educators.

Connect will enhance the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s focus on ensuring that children affected by violence and trauma are cared for and that threats to the safety and wellbeing of children are identified and reduced.

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