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Edition 30 - September 2015

It's National eSmart Week!

Today is the start of our inaugural National eSmart Week and we are off to a flying start. More than 550 schools, libraries and community organisations have registered to participate and we can't wait to see and hear what you have planned.

We encourage each library who participates to host fun and informative activities that inspire their community to be smart, safe and responsible digital citizens. 

The newly appointed Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Alastair MacGibbon, a great supporter of this initiative has said.

“The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner warmly welcomes National eSmart Week for schools, libraries and community groups across Australia to take part in. Activities that help increase young people’s digital literacy skills assist us in creating a safer online environment, where cyberbullying is just unacceptable.”

If you haven't already registered, it's not too late, click here to register now and receive your National eSmart Week Toolkit full of activity ideas you can do in your library this week. 

Watch the National eSmart Week video.

National eSmart Week cybersafety challenge

Schools and libraries are not the only organisations taking part in the eSmart Week cybersafety challenge. Well-known organisations such as Telstra, Google and the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner will also be challenging each other to complete the quiz via social media. 

You can do the same! Once you, the group, or students/library users complete the challenge we encourage you to Tweet or Facebook a picture (please get permission from anyone you might need to in the photo) with the end screen of the eSmart Digital Licence challenge, along with a tweet similar to this ...
"We have just completed the eSmart Week Cybersafety Challenge - how eSmart are you (@insert handle of the person/group you want to nominate) http://ow.ly/RFtti ​ #esmartweek''

Access the eSmart Week Digital Licence challenge.

For ideas on how to set up the challenge within your library, take a look at the National eSmart Week page or in your Toolkit. 

Pictured: Dr Judith Slocombe, CEO The Alannah and Madeline Foundation. 

Australia's most eSmart Town

Post eSmart Week we will be looking to crown Australia’s most eSmart community. To enter you'll need to fill out the form in the Toolkit and submit your entry by Friday 25 September. The winner will be promoted across all our channels! Good luck! 

Pictured: Hume Libraries eSmart status celebration.

National eSmart Week poster

We encourage you to print out this poster and put it up around your library during eSmart Week - you should also put up posters to promote your own events. 

Sharing is caring

Share your activities with us on social media. You can do this by tagging @eSmart_AMF on Twitter and using #esmartweek
If you do have a photo you'd like to email us to use, please ensure any children have appropriate parent/guardian permission by getting this photo consent form signed and sent to us with the image. 


Latest eSmart resources


Latest cybersafety news


Training opportunities 

If you are looking for 1:1 support to get started with eSmart Libraries, contact Jo Whitford for a 30 minute walk through.

Adelaide: We will be holding a full day training session on Tuesday 10 November at the State Library of South Australia. Click here to book

Wherever you are in Australia, a visit to your library can be arranged for training. Contact us to arrange a visit. 

Our partnership with the Telstra Foundation

Launched in August 2012 by the former Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Julia Gillard MP, our $8 million, multi-year partnership with the Telstra Foundation is delivering eSmart Libraries in collaboration with Australia's library network over the next six years to all of Australia's 1,500 public libraries for free. eSmart Libraries is now in over 40% of public libraries across the country.

Contact us

This eNewsletter is primarily distributed to eSmart Coordinators and branch champions. If you would like to add a colleague to the list, please email us.

You can find previous editions of this newsletter within the 'latest news' section of our website.

Web. www.esmartlibraries.org.au
Email. esmartlibraries@amf.org.au
Phone. 1300 538 534

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