eSmart is a guiding framework for schools to implement a whole school culture and behaviour change relevant to the smart, safe and responsible use of digital technologies. The eSmart program provides support to teachers, students and the whole school community to reduce exposure to cyber safe risks such as cyber bullying, identity theft, online predators and inappropriate images and content. The program also ensures that everyone can embrace the benefits of technology.
The program is funded by the Victorian Government, and is an initiative of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, a national charity committed to protecting children from violence. Registration as an eSmart School provides us with assurance that we are accessing evidence-informed practice, policies and activities.
Taylors Hill Primary School became an official eSmart school in 2016 after implementing many initiatives, programs, policies and practices. Since we first registered with the program, we have embedded cybersafe practices into our curriculum, held cyber safety student days and cyber safety parent sessions and participate in National eSafety Week. We are striving to create a safe and welcoming cyber environment for all of the Taylors Hill Primary School community.
We encourage everyone in the school community to continue to uphold and promote eSmart behaviours, at school and at home by becoming familiar with the use of technologies and the policies and practices within our school. For more information, please visit the eSmart website.
The Australian Government's iParent website https://esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent can provide useful information about the digital environment and strategies to help keep young people safe online.
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