From safety to digital citizenship

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation has recently changed its tack with regards to their philosophy. CEO Judith Slocombe explains

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.

13 cybersafety tips for Aussie parents

This week is National Cyber Security Awareness Week and thanks to a eSmart, a new resource entitled Project 13 has been released for Australian parents.

Project 13 outlines 13 quick tips for parents to help deal with the sometimes unfamiliar and worrying aspects of the online world of their children.

eSmart, an initiative of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, is a behaviour-change initiative designed to improve cybersafety and deal with cyberbullying and bullying.

Access the 13 tips for parents here.

Childish behaviour as parents worsen cyber-bullying

Recently the Sydney Morning Herald published an article on how parental involvement in their child’s online issues can actually make matters worse. Journalist Deborah Gough explains:

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.

Read the entire article here.

Telstra Foundation launches $8 million cybersafety partnership

The Telstra Foundation and The Alannah and Madeline Foundation have joined up with Australian public libraries to launch eSmart Libraries.

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.

eSmart Libraries will build on this wonderful foundation. It will be designed to equip libraries and library-users with the skills they need for smart, safe and responsible use of technology

See this video for more information on how eSmart Libraries can help you and your family.