The Alannah & Madeline Foundation and Dolly’s Dream welcome the announcements from the Federal Government and the Federal Opposition on their support of the eSmart Digital Licence.
The eSmart Digital Licence is a proven and evidenced-based online tool designed to keep junior primary, primary and secondary students safe online. It helps parents and teachers work with children and adolescents to understand the risks and opportunities of the internet, while helping them build safe and responsible practices.
If elected, the Federal Government said it will support a national evaluation of the eSmart Digital Licence in schools. The Government also announced a new $10 million Online Safety Grants program available to proven not-for-profits.
The Australian Labor Party pledged $2.5 million for a national rollout of the Foundation’s eSmart Digital Licence.
The Foundation’s CEO, Lesley Podesta, congratulated both parties, saying that ongoing investment in education was critical.
“We welcome the opportunity to gather further evidence of its impact,” Ms Podesta said.
“All children and young people in Australia need to be confident and safe online. Learning about digital safety has to start at home, but it also needs to be part of every classroom. The tragic death of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett brought home to everyone that we need to do more to protect our children.”
The Foundation has been partnering with schools across Australia to provide the eSmart Digital Licence for over four years. Around 2,500 schools around the country have registered to use it, with more than 200,000 students having completed it.
Dolly’s Dream has been working to bring the eSmart Digital Licence to regional and remote Australia.
A recent independent evaluation showed that students using the eSmart Digital Licence increased their knowledge of online safety and, more importantly, changed their behaviours.
Ms Podesta said making the eSmart Digital Licence available to all students “is critical”.
“This is a crucial part of digital inclusion – ensuring that every child and young person in all communities around Australia has access to the best and most comprehensive updated resources and support.”
For more information, visit www.digitallicence.com.au
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