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Working together to keep Tasmanian children safe online

LANSDOWNE Primary is one of many local schools that will benefit from an initiative to boost children’s web safety in an increasingly digital world.

A three-year partnership between Aurora Energy and the Alannah & Madeline Foundation will enable all year six students in Tasmanian Government schools to access an eSmart Digital Licence.

The Licence is an online cyber safety program that teaches children critical digital skills to be smart, safe and responsible online.

Alannah & Madeline Foundation chief executive officer Lesley Podesta said the partnership kept Tasmanian primary school students safe online, as well as offered their teachers a range of up-to-date cyber safety resources.

“The eSmart Digital Licence empowers students to make informed decisions through knowing the tools and strategies to use when encountering problems online,” she said.

“It is a great investment in building a generation of safer digital citizens and we’re very grateful for Aurora Energy’s vision in supporting this program.”

Aurora Energy chief executive officer Rebecca Kardos said the partnership was an important step in ensuring Aurora Energy’s next generation of customers were safe and confident online.

“Aurora Energy wants to enable responsible behaviours online as we embrace new technology and look to offer more digital products and services to our customers,” she said.

“Early education is critical as children are particularly susceptible to online risks such as privacy breaches and identity theft.

“It’s essential that we invest in tools that support children, parents and institutions to navigate the rapidly-changing technology landscape.”

The program incorporates eight modules that address problematic issues, including relationships and reputation, location-based apps, technology addiction and digital footprints.

The eSmart Digital Licence program will complement the Department of Education’s existing eSmart Schools program, which has been made available to all Tasmanian Government schools in 2017 and aims to improve cyber safety, increase digital literacy and reduce cyber bullying across Tasmania.

Caption: Lansdowne Crescent Primary School student Harry Caswell demonstrates an eSmart Digital Licence to Aurora Energy chief executive officer Rebecca Kardos.

 

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