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Western Australia’s first eSmart school


November 16, 2018

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Being recognised as WA’s first eSmart girls school

As a parent, educator, and a lover of technology, I am highly motivated to remain informed and pursue a better understanding of how the ever-changing digital environment influences our children.

Sexting, nudes and waist-ups are all words that most adults don’t want to think about, when it comes to the young people they support and care for.

With so much in the media regarding the dangers and pitfalls of living alongside social media, it is often hard to know how to respond as a parent. Luckily, there are resources out there for students, parents and schools.

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation – our journey to becoming eSmart

In my role at Penrhos, as a Learning Technology Specialist, I first heard of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation whilst on a professional development course run by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, an adolescent physiologist.

The Foundation was set up in memory of Alannah and Madeline Mikac, who were tragically killed in Port Arthur, alongside their mother and thirty-two others. The Foundation’s key objectives are to advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children and ‘eSmart Schools’ is the Foundation’s initiative aimed at assisting school communities teach the smart, safe, and responsible use of online technology.

After working alongside the Foundation for the last three years, in pastoral and curriculum areas, our School is proud to have recently received eSmart accreditation. It is a great success to be the first girls’ school in Western Australia to be recognised as an eSmart school and our journey with the Foundation continues.

eSmart and beyond – parent and student workshops

We are fortunate to have representatives from the Alannah and Madeline Foundation coming to Penrhos on Tuesday, 4 December. The School will be running workshops for Year 8 students throughout the day, and a parent workshop for any interested Penrhos College parents.

The parent session will empower parents to learn and engage in their children’s online lives. It will provide parents with greater awareness, a more positive outlook around youth online relationships and increased levels of confidence to help parents engage in positive conversations about online interactions and explain the complexities behind sexually explicit images and what’s presented in the media.

Written by William Horwood

Learning Technology Specialist / Science Teacher 


Reserve your space to the parent workshop here: penrhos.wa.edu.au/whats-on/events/parent-workshop-cyber-safety/

See the stats for yourself at bullyingsonotok.com.au

Learn more about becoming eSmart: esmart.org.au/what-is-esmart/