Member for Malvern, Michael O’Brien, has commended schools within the Malvern electorate for their participation in the eSmart anti-bullying schools 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.
“It is an unfortunate reality that bullying occurs in the classroom, playground, and more so in recent years, extending to the home through social media”, Mr O’Brien said.
“Bully can and does destroy lives, which is why the Coalition Government is committed to stamping out bullying in all its forms. I am profoundly delighted to congratulate schools within the Malvern electorate for their initiative in joining us in this fight.”
Schools which have registered and/or started the eSmart program within the Malvern electorate include: Currajong School, Armadale Primary School, Lloyd Street Primary School, Malvern Central School, Malvern Primary School and Malvern Valley Primary School.
“The Victorian Government is proud to be providing these schools with $2000 each to help them begin their eSmart journey”, Education Minister Martin Dixon said.
“The huge interest from schools wanting to be part of the eSmart initiative 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.
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.
To register to participate in eSmart, or for more information, visit www.esmart.org.au
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