Over the next six years, the two foundations will work with Australia's 1,500 public libraries to roll out eSmart Libraries and "connect local communities with the skills they need for smart, safe and responsible use of technology." They plan to pilot eSmart Libraries in 20 clusters of libraries in early 2013 and then roll it out Australia-wide.
Telstra Foundation chairman, Geoff Booth, said: "Libraries are vital community hubs and play a key role in bridging the digital divide. The Telstra Foundation recognises the online digital world is changing the way we work, socialise, communicate, transact and organise our lives and this fast-changing environment presents new risks.
"This partnership, through eSmart Libraries, will give more Australians the opportunity to experience the social and economic benefits of new communications technologies whilst making the online library experience more inclusive and safer for everyone."
eSmart Schools is described as "an easy-to-use, evidence-based and tested system to help schools manage cybersafety and deal with cyberbullying and bullying...[and that] provides a framework for schools to implement whole-school culture and behaviour change relevant to the smart, safe and responsible use of digital technologies."
It was developed by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation with the RMIT School of Education and "many cybersafety and education experts."
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