School gets eSmart
FREDERICK Irwin Anglican School has attained eSmart status through The Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
Since Frederick Irwin first registered with the program last year, the school has introduced many new policies and activities to improve the way it manages cybersafety, bullying and cyberbullying.
Principal Kerry Robertson said she felt confident students, staff and the wider school community were now well supported to be smart, safe and responsible users of digital technology.
“We encourage everyone in the school community to continue to uphold and promote eSmart behaviours at school and at home,” she said.
ICT co-ordinator Candice Shier said that the Cyberleader program, introduced as part of the eSmart school process, had been rewarding for students.
“The research suggests peers are the first stop approach for help when dealing with a negative online environment,” she said.
“Our Year 10 Cyberleaders nominate themselves and take time out of their busy school schedules to put together educational cybersafety presentations for primary school students and Year 7s.
“The presentations are such a great way to convey messages about online safety through the different year levels at the school.
“They encourage students to share their experiences and how they can improve their online journeys.”
Some cyberleaders with the eSmart school signage.