We are moving from an emphasis on ‘safety’ towards an emphasis on ‘digital citizenship’; citizenship as idealised by the ancient Greeks, where obligations to the community were seen as a source of honour and respect. This view of citizenry empowers its participants to be an ever-present, positive force.
For the ACMA, positive engagement is at the heart of digital citizenship, and similarly this is one of the core philosophies underpinning Alannah and Madeline’s, eSmart framework. Without positive engagement in a whole-of-society, behaviour-change approach, we are merely left with rules to follow, lines not to cross, and empty good intentions.
A culture embedded with positive values and high levels of engagement is inspiring. It will naturally foster conscious and informed decision-making (‘Choose Consciously’) and healthy appetites for finding out more about the world (‘Know your online world’).
This is an interesting change that acknowledges the need for our children to know how to navigate and contribute positively to the online world. Read the whole post here.
PARENTS who buy into their children’s online disputes can continue the tirade long after their children have made up, warn bullying experts.
Judi Fallon, manager of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s eSmart program, said parents can exacerbate cyber bullying problems between schoolchildren.
Ms Fallon said the problem could start at school, then continue at home on social media sites, where parents often became involved. ”Kids being kids, they can end up friends the next day, but the parents continue on with it,” she said.
eSmart is a world leading cyber-safety system. It is a ground breaking initiative of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation first developed back in 2008, with initial seed funding from the Telstra Foundation. It is now operating in 1400 schools across Australia.