City of Wanneroo Library Services in January 2016 became the first library service in Western Australia to achieve eSmart status. eSmart Libraries is a partnership between Alannah and Madeline Foundation and Telstra Foundation and one of the most significant community cybersafety initiatives ever undertaken in Australia. It is a behaviour change initiative for cybersafety and wellbeing designed to equip and connect library users with the skills they need for smart, safe and responsible use of technology. Being eSmart means knowing how to guard against security and privacy risks online, download content in a legal and ethical way, research and reference information, as well as manage reputation and relationships in cyberspace.
The Digital Licence is an online challenge which uses quizzes, videos and games to teach school aged children how to play, learn and socialise online in a smart, safe and responsible way.
Click on the eSmart link to access the Digital licence.
The City of Wanneroo Library Service provides a range of opportunities for accessing information including on-line through free access to the internet via PCs and wi-fi. The guidelines linked above outline acceptable use of public internet access computers and Wi-Fi whilst promoting the eSmart philosophy.
The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner protects Australian children when they experience cyberbullying by administering a complaints scheme and deals with complaints about prohibited online content.
Most social media services have a safety centre where you can learn about safe site use as well as report abuse or content that you find offensive. Safety centres provide support as you use the site and can help you to deal with a range of online safety issues, including cyberbullying.
Discover the Top 5 Google safety features designed to help you keep your family safe online.
The ThinkUknow website is administered by the Australian Federal Police and provides cybersafety information, advice and tools for youth, parents, carers and teachers.
Have a look at these tips and advice on how to protect yourself and your family online: https://safety.yahoo.com/index.htm
The Broadband for Seniors Online Lessons allow you to work entirely on your own at your own speed and in your own environment; you just need Internet, for example your own home computer, your grandchildren’s computer, a friend’s computer, or a library computer. It’s easy to jump from place to place in the lessons to remind yourself of something you may have forgotten.
Before using the Online Lessons you will first need to create a free ‘User Account’ by clicking on Online Lessons website. This free User Account will let you start, stop and replay any of the Online Lessons whenever you feel like it and from the exact point you stopped on your last lesson.
Everyone can benefit from being online and connected no matter where they live, how old they are or where their interests lie. Our learning packages are designed to support you with the information you need to get online and learn at your own pace. Click on the topics below that interest you. It’s that easy to get started.
The Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner provides a wealth of online safety resources targeted to the needs of parents and carers. Click on the following images to read more about these subjects:
Cyberbullying occurs most commonly among older children and teens. This is a critical issue for those families who have children affected by cyberbullying behaviour.
The informal nature of Chatterbox provides parents with a fresh, new and jargon-free perspective on cybersafety issues. Chatterbox aims to empower parents to approach esafety issues with confidence and increase understanding of the main online safety issues children experience.
Parental controls are available for most devices, either through pre-installed settings that can be activated yourself on a device, or via the installation of free or commercial software.
Children and young people may not deliberately seek out inappropriate content. They might access content inadvertently while doing online searches, they might seek it out or be referred content by others. Young people with smartphones might also be able to access content that is blocked by internet filters at home or at school.
Children can communicate online with people they don’t know or have not met in real life. While being in contact with new people can be exciting, the anonymity offered by the internet can allow these new contacts to cover their true identities.
We know that kids spend a lot of time online and often from multiple devices. From homework and listening to music to instant messaging friends and checking out the latest on social media, the reality is many kids are using a screen every day. Screen time can also be an easy option to keep younger kids occupied in our busy lives. So how much screen time is too much for your child?
Looking for more eSafety information? The above resources and more are available via iParent, a collection of eSafety resources and materials for parents provided by the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner website.
For more information about cybersafety rules, visit https://esafety.gov.au/
Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. They offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. Their Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.
The City of Wanneroo celebrated Cybersafety Awareness Week 2015 in the first week of June 2015 in City of Wanneroo Libraries. A range of activities and Constable Care performances took place at Wanneroo, Clarkson, Girrawheen and Yanchep/Two Rocks Libraries throughout the week.
Primary schools enjoyed Constable Care performances and hands on activities in our libraries.
High school students participated in Constable Care sessions - TRG (Theatrical Response Group) interactive forum theatre empowering them to work together, support each other and practise responses to peer pressure.
WA Police presented sessions for Seniors to support them to stay safe online in our Wanneroo library.