eSmart Schools Framework

eSmart Schools tackles bullying and cyberbullying, fostering a tech-savvy, safe culture and promoting pro-social behaviours within the school community.

  • Tier: Tier 1: Positive Mental Health Promotion
  • Type of intervention: Bullying Prevention
  • Strength of evidence: Not applicable
  • Geographic location: State-wide

Program description

eSmart Schools is an initiative of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. It aims to reduce harm to student wellbeing, education and relationships associated with bullying and cyberbullying.

The program achieves this by preventing and responding to incidents of bullying and cyber bullying, creating a culture of smart, safe and responsible use of technology, and encouraging and fostering the development of pro-social behaviours across the school community.

eSmart programs include:

  1. eSmart Schools: supports schools to prepare for cyber risks and cyber bullying
  2. eSmart Digital Licence+: a gamified learning experience for students aged 10 to 14 years to build digital intelligence
  3. Media Literacy Lab: a gamified teaching and learning tool, used in classrooms to equip students aged 12 to 15 years with essential knowledge and skills to navigate and thrive in online environments
  4. eSmart Connect Workshops:  live workshops educating children and young people as well as adults who support them on cyber safety, bullying and wellbeing.

Intended outcomes

  • Improve cyber safety
  • Reduce bullying, including cyber bullying.

Program details

Target audience
  • Primary school students
  • Secondary school students
  • Capacity building for primary school staff
  • Capacity building for secondary school staff 
Program providerThe Alannah and Madeline Foundation
Delivery modeOnline

Implementation considerations

  • Target population: Students from Foundation to Year 10, as well as educators, parents and carers who support them.
  • Program adaptability: All program aspects are designed to be delivered flexibly and to be adapted to a school community’s unique needs, with ongoing expert support available from eSmart Advisors.
  • Training requirements: eSmart Connect Workshops run between 45 minutes to an hour, eSmart Digital Licence+ modules take 1.5 hours and eSmart Media Literacy Lab modules take one hour.
  • Australian experience: This program was developed in the Australian context.


  • Item cost: Free
  • Detailed cost: Free