CHILD safety advocacy group The Alannah and Madeline Foundation has recognised the first ‘eSmart’ WA library service.
The City of Wanneroo library service was the first in WA acknowledged by the group and the Telstra Foundation as a cyber safety leader at a launch on May 25.
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation chief executive Lesley Podesta said it was a significant milestone in the foundation’s journey towards creating an eSmart Australia, encouraging people to be safe, smart and responsible online.
“Being eSmart means knowing how to guard against security and privacy risks online, download content in a legal and ethical way, research and reference information, and manage reputation and relationships in cyberspace,” she said.
“The City of Wanneroo Library Services’ continuous dedication and enthusiasm for the eSmart program shows that local communities are as committed to promoting cybersafety as we are.”
Telstra Foundation’s general manager Jackie Coates said libraries played a vital role in bridging the digital divide.
“They connect communities to the online world and help reach out to some of the most disadvantaged members of our society,” she said.
“By making the online library experience safer for everyone, eSmart Libraries will give more Australians the opportunity to experience the social and economic benefits of new digital technologies.”
The City has libraries in Wanneroo, Girrawheen, Clarkson and Two Rocks.