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eSmart Schools Newsletter - Term 4 2018

eSmart Schools Newsletter - Term 1 

Welcome back!

We hope you all had a rejuvenating break and are looking forward to what we are going to achieve together this year.

We already have more than 2300 eSmart schools nationwide, and are continuing to work towards creating an eSmart Australia and reducing online harm to children.

Our ultimate goal is to further develop engaged, vigilant and critical thinking children and equip them with the know-how and behaviours to be smart, safe and responsible online.

We look forward to supporting your school through the eSmart Framework and wish you a great start to the school year!

The eSmart Team
Alannah & Madeline Foundation

NEWS
eSmart Schools website and system tool update
Our eSmart schools website and system tool will be undergoing an upgrade in term one.

We will be implementing new features that will enhance your overall user experience. You will also receive a new login.

It is vital that you update your contact details if there has been a change in your eSmart Coordinator and/or Principal, by accessing the Account section on the eSmart Schools website, calling us on 1300 592 151 or emailing us at esmart@amf.org.au

Introducing the Junior eSmart Digital Licence
Created by cyber safety experts, teachers and psychologists, the eSmart Digital Licence is a must-have online safety education program that teaches children good behaviour and how to deal with bad behaviour online.

We recently launched a Digital Licence for junior primary students. The Licence takes children from prep to grade two on an animated adventure with Buddy Bear, where they can learn the basics of technology use and what to look out for online, in a fun and engaging format.

The eSmart Digital Licence is recommended by Australian teachers and certified by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. Explore the eSmart Junior Digital Licence today.

Updates to the Primary and Secondary eSmart Digital Licence
We recently updated the existing Primary and Secondary eSmart Digital Licences.

Our recent update includes questions about all-too-present predatory behaviour – and how to combat it, developed in consultation with the Australian Federal Police.

We also have a new student dashboard, which offers students a more interactive experience, along with extra games related to modules to reinforce learnings – a great additions for students who complete the Licence quickly.

RESOURCES
eSmart resources
The following resources have been developed to support your school with Domain 1: Effective School Organisation:
  • Becoming eSmart – this video introducing the benefits of eSmart can help inform and engage your eSmart Committee.

Don’t forget to visit the Resource Library for regular updates.

eSmart support
This year we are expanding to work with more schools than ever before.

The eSmart team is here to support your school so please consider arranging a phone check-in, online meeting or a school visit with one of our expert advisors today. Simply contact us on 03 9697 0666.

INDUSTRY RESOURCES
eSafety checklist for school leadership teams
Applicable to Domain 2: School plans, policies and procedures of the eSmart Framework, this checklist from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner can help educators develop, tailor and implement policies to meet the needs of the school community.

How to spot fake news (and teach kids to be media-savvy)
What is fake news? Figuring out what’s real and what’s fake comes down to whom you trust and why. These key identifiers from Common Sense Media can help you interpret fake news versus legitimate news.

Relevant to Domain 5: An eSmart curriculum of the eSmart Framework.

Family online safety contract
This handy resource, developed by ThinkUKnow and The Carly Ryan Foundation, can help guide parents in having a conversation with their child about online safety.
NEWS
What's happening in the cyber world?

Cyberbullying: identification, prevention and response
This article from the US will raise your awareness about the seriousness of bullying and its devastating effects.

Supports you with Domain 1: Effective school organisations.

Creating a mobile phone policy that works for everyone
Some schools are looking at developing mobile phone policies. This interesting read by Rosalind Wiseman from Culture of Dignity in the US can help inform your policy.

Related to Domain 2: School plans, policies and procedures.

Developing a positive school climate: top 10 tips to prevent bullying and cyber bullying
This article explores changing culture to help prevent bullying from happening for educators.

Complements Domain 3: A Respectful and Caring School Community.

Online safety education: targeting behaviours rather than technologies
The best thing we can do to combat cyber bullying is to target online behaviours by educating, empowering and equipping students early on the 4Rs of online safety – respect, resilience, responsibility and reasoning across all their interactions.

This article relates to Domain 3: A respectful and caring school community and Domain 5: An eSmart curriculum.

CELEBRATIONS
eSmart accredited schools
Congratulations to the following schools for achieving their eSmart accreditation in Term 4 2018:

  • Footscray North Primary School – VIC
  • Howrah Primary School – TAS
  • Mullum Primary School – VIC
  • Mitcham Primary School – VIC
  • Sherbourne Primary School – VIC
  • Terang College – VIC
  • Torbanlea State School – QLD

EVENTS
Calendar events for 2019

TIPS & TRICKS
Apps to watch out for this year
Stay on top of the popular titles teens are already using with this informative article from Christine Elgersma.
Top 20 educations picks of games, apps and websites from 2018

Common Sense Education evaluated and rated approximately 180 tools for learning potential in 2018, and it was a great year for EdTech! Find out more about EdTech that empowers students and uplifts teachers really makes a win-win for all.

CONNECT WORKSHOPS
Be at the forefront of cyber safety and book Connect workshops today!

We offer a range of workshops for students, teachers and parents to support your schools’ eSmart journey. There are many benefits for your school community, including:

  • developing critical reasoning skills for students around what is safe to share online
  • keeping teachers up to date with the latest trends and statistics
  • helping parents stay informed with tips and strategies to help keep children safe online.