eSmart - Prevention

eSmart, an initiative of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, uses a cultural change approach to improve cyber safety, increase digital literacy and reduce cyber bullying across Australia.


Over the past two decades, our lives have been transformed by a digital revolution, opening up a world of possibilities.

Children are the greatest beneficiaries of the digital era and are learning to navigate the online world at a younger and younger age. However, digital skills, participation and access to online services are important for the whole community. At all ages. 

When interacting online, we all need to be educated in how to act in a smart, safe and responsible way, and we need to know how to pass this knowledge onto our children. We need to know what to do if children are exposed to age-inappropriate content, encounter cyber bullying, or when they might be putting their privacy at risk.

eSmart provides a prevention and risk management framework for Australian schools and libraries to help them better integrate cyber safety practices and promote the safe use of online technology in their community.

We recognise a whole-of-community approach is needed in order to create change.

eSmart Libraries

eSmart Libraries helps public libraries better integrate cyber safety and wellbeing practices and promote the safe use of online technology in their communities.

Backed by an investment of $8 million by the Telstra Foundation, eSmart Libraries is working to connect Australia's 1,500 public libraries with the eSmart Framework and is already in almost 60% of libraries across the country.

There is no fee for a library to join eSmart Libraries in order to gain access to the framework, resources, newsletters and support available.

eSmart Schools

eSmart Schools is a behaviour-change initiative designed to help schools improve cyber safety and reduce cyber bullying and bullying. 

eSmart Schools provides a framework that guides the introduction of policies, practices and whole-school change processes to support the creation of a cybersafe or eSmart environment. eSmart Schools is now in over 2,200 schools across the country.
eSmart Schools was developed by RMIT University in consultation with cybersafety, bullying, education and industry experts from across Australia. In 2010, eSmart was piloted in 159 schools across Australia with funding from the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

To find out more and to register for eSmart Schools or eSmart Libraries visit

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