Introduction to eSmart
eSmart is a cyber safety and positive digital citizenship initiative that was developed in 2012 by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and the Telstra Foundation. Designed to address the risks and benefits of community interaction with digital technology, eSmart provides participating libraries with a framework to develop programs and processes that empower and protect their users.
Since 2012 over 75 per cent of Australia’s public libraries have registered eSmart, and in December 2017 the City of Bunbury Public Libraries achieved official eSmart accreditation.
Cybers Safety Websites:
iParent is a website where parents can learn about the digital environment and keep updated on their children’s technology use. Here you can find guidance for using safety settings on your family’s web-connected devices, tips for choosing movies and games and strategies for keeping young people safe online.
ThinkUKnow is aimed at parents, carers and teachers and contains cyber safety presentations that sensitively cover a range of topics. Some of these topics include: sexting, cyber bullying, online child exploitation, online privacy, and importantly what to do when something goes wrong. Developed for Australian audiences by the Australian Federal Police, ThinkUKnow is Australia’s first (and only) nationally delivered crime prevention program.
Scamwatch is run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). It provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.
Tech Savvy Seniors gives older people the opportunity to develop the skills and confidence to use technology for socialising, accessing important services or conducting personal business. Featuring an extensive library of self-teach videos and trainer guides, Tech Savvy Seniors is a fantastic resource for learning the basics of a wide variety of topics.