Welcome to our latest newsletter, my first as CEO of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation. I am delighted to be joining you all in our shared goal of keeping children safe from violence and ensuring they have the brightest future. I have been so impressed with the professionalism, commitment and warmth of everyone I have met so far – thank you to the staff, Board, donors and partners for making me so welcome.
We know that creating positive social change takes courage. Championing the rights of children to be free of violence, founding and running programs to meet critical community needs, and advocating for improved policies and systems which have these best-practice approaches in-built, takes bravery, tenacity and intelligence. I’d like to acknowledge Lesley Podesta, as the outgoing CEO of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation: for the last five years, Lesley has worked tirelessly for our nation’s most vulnerable children. I’m honoured to continue her important work and excited to have joined the team.
So, onto our news. In this issue you can read about:
how, through the eSmart Media Literacy Lab, we have been advising TikTok on best practice for online behaviours in a new video series
our incredible work with two leaders in digital intelligence and technology, Accenture and the DQ Institute
the First Responders Walk, from Melbourne to Hobart
how our eSmart suite of programs helps online safety and wellbeing
our partnership with Cricket Australia
what our wonderful supporters have been doing – and how you can get involved as well.
I am looking forward to working with you all to continue to make a positive impact in the lives of children together.
We are exploring ethical and appropriate ways for young people to engage in relationships and intimate activity in the online world – we are looking for teens aged 15-19 years to help us create this new program. Read more here.
Through the expert advice of our eSmart Media Literacy Lab, TikTok has produced the Get Media Smart video series. Launched recently on Safer Internet Day, the series encourages Australians to practice smart and safe online behaviours, to be confident to seek help when needed, and have the power to stop the spread of misinformation by reporting and skipping the ‘like’ or ‘share’. You can see them here.
As schools continue to focus on providing a safe environment for primary and secondary students, it’s timely to remind all school communities of the eSmart suite of programs for online safety and wellbeing.
For more than six years, Cricket Australia and the Foundation have been working together to keep children safe from violence, bullying and cyber bullying. This important and valued relationship has helped us reach so many Australians and we’re incredibly grateful for Cricket Australia’s leadership and support.
As part of the Port Arthur tragedy 25th anniversary commemoration in April 2021, three first responders from that dreadful day have organised a walk from South Melbourne to Hobart, a total of 410 kilometres, raising awareness and funds for the Foundation, with exclusive partners dollar-matching donations. Click here to see how you can get involved.