Derinya Primary School is participating in children’s charity, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s National eSmart Week from 2-8 September 2018, to show its commitment to keeping children, teens and adults safe online.
Held to coincide with National Child Protection Week, National eSmart Week creates awareness, solutions and ideas and encourages the whole community to be smart, safe and responsible when using digital technology.
"Teaching kids about the safe use of technology is an important part of being a parent and a teacher. As a society, we teach our children how to cross the road, we teach them about ‘stranger danger’, and we teach them about the world in which they live. Teaching them how to safely navigate the online world is just as important. Regardless of our own personal confidence in teaching kids about technology, we need to acknowledge this important responsibility that comes with being a parent.” Stuart Charles.
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO, Lesley Podesta, said last year’s National eSmart Week initiative proved how important it was to Australian communities to protect young people online, explaining that Foundation programs such as eSmart Schools and eSmart Libraries are pivotal in educating people of all ages about cyber safety.
“The internet is a great place to learn, be creative and stay connected, but with one in five young Australians found to have been cyber bullied each year, it is important that we invest in giving our communities the skills they need to be responsible and safe online,” Ms Podesta said.
“The best way to build an eSmart Australia is to engage with the whole community. We know that National eSmart Week gives us the chance to promote important themes and messages by running engaging activities for all Australians.”
National eSmart Week is an initiative developed by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, in partnership with Telstra Foundation.
National Centre Against Bullying (https://www.ncab.org.au) The National Centre Against Bullying (NCAB) is a peak body working to advise and inform the Australian community on the issue of childhood bullying. Find out more including the findings from the recent Economic Cost of Bullying Report.
eSmart – Alannah & Madeline Foundation (https://www.esmart.org.au)