Schools success with eSmart Digital Licence

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Harcourt Valley Primary School, just north of Castlemaine in Victoria, is relatively small with 83 students.
Wellbeing is a strong focus, with the Foundation’s Better Buddies and Digital Licence programs forming an
important part of an integrated peersupport approach.

In 2015 a local business, Storyline Developer, helped the Alannah & Madeline Foundation gift Harcourt
Valley Primary with Digital Licences to help keep students safe online.

Matthew Watkins, a Grade 6 teacher and the ICT Coordinator at HarcourtValley Primary, told us a major reason
they implemented the Digital Licence was to respond to the ongoing concern for children’s online safety
within the school community.

They also wanted to ensure students are aware of the possible dangers in the cyber world as well as how
to behave responsibly.
The Digital Licence is a great program that allows children to explore how to be safe online in a fun and interactive way while exploring and engaging with so many relevant issues.
- Matthew Watkins

This also extended to the involvement of thestudents’ families – a parent even helped to administer
the programwithin the classroom!

“When discussing the Digital Licence after the students had worked through all eight cybersafety topics,
they were upbeat about how the cyber safety messages were delivered. Staff were also very positive about
what they had learned and how it had helped to get everyone onto the same page regarding cyber safety

“Many staff admitted that the Digital Licence contained information that they were not aware of,
which will also helpimprove the outcomes of wellbeing programs – especially in regards to cyber bullying
and cyber safety.

“The Digital Licence has been of great benefit to our students,” he said. 

More than 200,000 students have already registered
for the Digital Licence. For more information visit

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