Working in partnership for the cyber safety of our kids

Published on
1 April 2019

"It's in our best interest to protect our Aurora Energy customers of tomorrow which is why partnerships like this are so important" - Rebecca Kardos, Aurora Energy CEO

When preparing our kids for their futures there are plenty of things parents, guardians, carers and organisations need to think about. Things like creating happy and emotionally healthy young people; equipping them with financial and living skills necessary to make a life, providing education, personal and professional development … the list of goals goes on. 

One thing that is growing more and more important is online safety. With one in five young people experiencing cyber-bulling, it’s easy to understand why Australian parents are now more worried than ever about their children using social media and technology. Cyber bullying affects the lives of many young Tasmanians and it’s important t to make sure they know what’s needed to be smart, safe and responsible in the online world. 

We were approached by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation in 2018, seeking a partnership with Aurora Energy to join the fight against cyber-bullying.

The Foundation also wanted to reconnect with its Tasmanian roots, which was formed in memory of Alannah and Madeline Mikac, aged just six and three, who were tragically killed with their mother along with 32 others at Port Arthur in 1996. You can find more about the incredible work the Alannah and Madeline Foundation achieve here.

 

Aurora Energy CEO Rebecca Kardos pictured with children from Princes Street Primary

 

Our partnership with the Foundation will give all grade six students in Tasmanian Government schools access to an eSmart Digital Licence. The Licence is awarded for completing an online cyber safety program that teaches children critical digital skills. It has eight modules that address problematic issues, including relationships and reputation, location-based apps, technology addiction and digital footprints.

Since 2018, we have equipped more than 1700 young people with the skills to be safe and confident online. Just like an old-fashioned pen licence, the Digital Licence is awarded to students for completing an online cyber safety program that teaches critical digital skills. The eight modules address problematic issues, including relationships and reputation, location-based apps, technology addiction and digital footprints.

We are proud to support the development of our children and are confident that our future Aurora customers will be equipped to participate and thrive in the digital world ahead of them.