Working together to keep Tasmanian children safe online

Published on
17 October 2019

Tasmanian government schools are being encouraged to apply for a free cyber safety program in 2020 that teaches students critical digital skills to help prepare them for high school and social media.

Aurora Energy partnered with the Alannah & Madeline Foundation in 2018 to offer an eSmart Digital Licence to all Grade 6 students over three years.

To date, almost 2,660 eSmart Digital Licences have been distributed across the state.

Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta said the partnership was an important one which helps keep Tasmanian primary school students safe online and also offers their teachers a range of up-to-date cyber safety resources.

“The eSmart Digital Licence is a proven and evidence-based online tool which teaches students about sharing information, as well as practical skills about using digital and online devices and platforms safely and securely,” Ms Podesta said.

“It is a great investment in building a generation of safer digital citizens. We’re very grateful for Aurora’s vision and support.”

Launceston’s Glen Dhu Primary School’s grade 5/6 students received their eSmart Digital Licences this year and Acting Advanced Skills Teacher, Justine Page, said it helps classroom teachers to have ‘’great conversations’’ about the benefits and dangers of being online.

“Our teachers have found the eSmart Digital Licence can help them connect with the children and really dig deeper into different cyber safety topics, whether it be about cyber bullying or cyber safety,” Ms Page said.

“Our students share experiences and stories. That’s what we want them to do – share about what’s going on so we can help meet their needs. I think the Digital Licence open up opportunities to talk about cyber safety and helps prepare students for high school and for social media.”

Aurora Energy CEO Rebecca Kardos said the partnership is a continuation of the energy retailer’s growing focus on supporting vulnerable youth, of which digital education is an important part.

“Children are susceptible to online risks, such as cyberbullying and exposure to inappropriate content,” Mrs Kardos said.

“We want to support digital inclusion for the whole community, especially as Aurora Energy moves towards embracing new technology to communicate with customers, as well as expand our digital product offering and services.”

Interested schools are encouraged to contact the Alannah & Madeline Foundation to access the eSmart Digital Licence.