Libraries embrace cyber safety initiative
4City of Karratha libraries have become the first in regional WA and only the second Statewide to achieve accreditation in a national library cybersafety program.
Library staff last week launched eSmart status, an initiative program promoting smart, safe and responsible use of technology formed in 2012 by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation and the Telstra Foundation.
Cyber education and safety sessions for seniors, parents and children were held at Karratha library. The accreditation applies across all four City of Karratha libraries.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said library staff were proud of the milestone, which had taken 13 months of work to achieve.
“Our libraries team viewed the eSmart initiative as a gateway to become a centre for helping people in our community to manage cybersafety, deal with cyberbullying and learn more about smart, safe and responsible digital behaviours,” he said.
“This is the beginning of an ongoing commitment from City of Karratha Libraries to raise cyber safety awareness and to upskill staff to be able to deliver the information required as needed.”
The eSmart program includes resources to boost seniors’ confidence with technology, help teens deal with cyberbullying and a cyber-smart licence system for children from program mascot Cyber Safe Sam.
Adrianna Hanley and Annie Hannon get eSmart at Karratha library with Telstra's Hannah Wells and Boyd Brown.