Online safety education accessed by one million students

Wednesday, 03 January, 2024

Online safety education accessed by one million students

Almost half of Australian schools received online safety guidance from eSafety’s network of education providers in 2022–23.

eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant said that 28 Trusted eSafety Providers provided online safety education to more than 1.1 million Australian students, 145,000 parents and 31,000 educators.

“Our Trusted eSafety Providers share our conviction that the internet is a gateway to many positive and wonderful experiences for children and young people, as long as we equip them with the tools and skills to stay safer online,” Inman Grant said.

“These 28 providers worked with more than a quarter of Australian students and over 5000 schools in just 12 months. They helped students increase their understanding of online risks and what to do if something makes them feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

“We’re also delighted by the number of parents who accessed these programs: nearly three times as many in 2022–23 compared to the previous financial year. We hope more and more parents follow their lead. Effective online safety education requires a whole-of-school-community approach with consistent values, practices and messages.”

Trusted eSafety Providers are endorsed by eSafety after demonstrating their expertise and experience, commitment to evaluation and improvement, and compliance with appropriate child safety and insurance requirements.

Inman Grant said she encouraged all schools to consider working with a provider to empower students in the online world.

“Our endorsed providers work directly with schools to tailor an online safety education program that meets their students’ needs across a wide range of topics. They can also deliver parent and family programs, and work with school leaders to develop and implement whole-school policies and procedures.

“By building partnerships with organisations that deliver high-quality online safety education, eSafety can help more Australians access the support they need to have positive online experiences,” she said.

Image credit: SJ

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