Minister Announces First E-Smart Anti Bullying Schools For Glen Eira (08.06.2012)

Written on the 8 June 2012

Government, Catholic and independent schools across the City of Glen Eira will be eSmart as part of a Victorian Government initiative to combat cyber-bullying.

 

Under the Victorian Coalition Government’s $10.5 million eSmart initiative, 737 government, 129 Catholic and 32 independent schools across Victoria have signed up to the program.

 

eSmart is a partnership between the Victorian Government and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, and is being rolled out in every Victorian government school and 300 selected Catholic and independent schools over the next three years.

 

Schools will be presented with an eSmart sign, which shows the school has completed the eSmart program.

 

Minister for Education Martin Dixon in announcing the project said that there has been a huge interest from schools wanting to be a part of the eSmart initiative which shows just how serious they are about stamping out bullying and creating safe places where students can learn and achieve together

 

“Through this program schools are raising awareness about online safety and reducing online risks including cyber-bullying, sexting and protecting their digital reputation.” Mr Dixon said.

 

“The Victorian Government is proud to be providing these schools with $2000 each to help them begin their eSmart journey.” Mr Dixon said.

 

Member for Southern Metropolitan Region said that she looked forward to seeing schools in Southern Metropolitan Region receive their funding.

 

“It is fantastic to see that schools in the Oakleigh electorate such as Murrumbeena, Glen Huntly and Katandra Primary Schools will be receiving the grant to give them the help they need to tackle this very serious issue.” Ms Crozier said

 

Alannah and Madeline Foundation CEO Dr Judith Slocombe said eSmart was a world-leading system designed to help schools manage cybersafety and deal with cyber-bullying and bullying.

 

“The Victorian Government is leading the way with cybersafety and this partnership is instrumental in helping the Foundation achieve its vision to see the majority of Australian schools become eSmart by 2015. Together, we are helping to teach our children how to be smart, safe and responsible online,” Dr Slocombe said.

 

Mr Dixon said eSmart was among a suite of Victorian Government initiatives to build safe and supportive schools, through a range of strategies and programs, including the Victorian Government’s new anti-bullying campaign.

 

The Victorian Government has invited every secondary student in the state to come up with a name for its new anti-bullying campaign.

 

Students who submit entries to name the anti-bullying campaign before Friday 1 June will go into the running to win iPads, an iPod nano or a $500 iTunes voucher.

 

Ms Crozier said that the naming competition will be a great way to get students involved in eSmart anti cyber-bullying initiative

 

“A naming competition is a great way to get students to take ownership of the anti-cyber-bullying campaign and I encourage all students to have a go and enter the competition” Ms Crozier said.

 

For more details, and to submit entries, visit: www.namethecampaign.com.au

 

To register to participate in eSmart, or for more information, visit www.esmart.org.au

 

Media contact: Darren Lawless 9555 4101

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