We are very proud to announce that Mid-Western Regional Council Library has now attained eSmart Status! Being eSmart means knowing how to guard against security and privacy risks online, download content in a legal and ethical way, research and reference information, as well as manage reputation and relationships in cyberspace. Ask us if you have any questions on how to stay eSmart online.
The eSmart message is being ‘smart, safe and responsible online’
eSmart Libraries aim to show their commitment to cyber safety, well-being and digital inclusion.
Being eSmart helps to embed a culture of positive technology use, create policies and procedures, gain access to evidence-informed resources and track our progress in providing a cyber safe environment.
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation and the Telstra Foundation formed a partnership in 2012 to develop and implement eSmart Libraries - one of Australia’s most significant community cyber safety initiatives.
For more information about eSmart Libraries, please click here.
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO, Lesley Podesta, said “The internet is a great place to learn, be creative and stay connected, but with one in seven Australians children suffering from cyber bullying each year, it’s important that we invest in giving our communities the skills they need to be responsible and safe online. “The best way to educate Australians about cyber safety is through our children,’’ Ms Podesta noted. “We now know that National eSmart Week gives us the chance to promote important themes and messages by running engaging activities for young Australians.”
The web is a great place to learn, be creative and stay connected, but with one in seven young Australians found to be suffering from cyber bullying, and the many other challenges young people face online, it’s important that we invest in giving our young community the skills they need to be responsible digital citizens.
The Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner is committed to helping young people have safe, positive experiences online and encouraging behavioural change, where a generation of Australian children act responsibly online—just as they would offline. They provide online safety education for Australian children and young people, a complaints service for young Australians who experience serious cyberbullying, and address illegal online content through the Online Content Scheme.
Our goal is to empower all Australians to explore the online world—safely.