Online safety (Cybersafety)

Teaching your child to be safe online will help them to engage with the online world safely and positively protect them from online risks.

Common online safety issues for children include online bullying (cyberbullying), accessing or sharing inappropriate content and protecting their personal information.

What is online bullying? (click to expand)

Online bullying (Cyberbullying) describes bullying that is carried out through internet or mobile device technologies.

Examples of online bullying can include:

  • repeated hang up calls
  • sending insulting or threatening text messages
  • publishing someone's personal or embarrassing information online
  • creating hate sites or starting social exclusion campaigns on social networking sites.

The following links contain information to answer your specific questions about being safe online.

The Australian Government Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner website  is a helpful resource for parents with young children, older children or teenagers. The website has information about:

Cybersafety Help Button
The Cybersafety Help Button was developed by the Australian Government and is a free application that is easily downloaded onto personal computers and mobile devices. It offers counselling, reporting and educational resources to assist young people deal with online risks including cyberbullying, unwanted contact, scams and fraud, and offensive or inappropriate material.

Social media services’ safety centres   contains a comprehensive list of social media services’ safety centres for users to learn about safe site use and report abuse or offensive content. Safety centres provide support in using the site and help deal with online safety issues, including online bullying.

Creep Quiz: Are U Safe Online? Developed by the Queensland Department of Education and Training in partnership with Telstra, this interactive quiz provides insights into the online world and highlights some pitfalls. Six characters in the quiz represent potential pitfalls for young people who might inadvertently put themselves at risk online. The Creep Quiz is supported with practical tips and advice to help parents talk to their children about what to look out for in their daily digital interactions.

ThinkUKnow is an internet safety website and program delivering interactive training to parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia using a network of accredited trainers. Face-to-face parent sessions can also be booked around Australia via the booking information page.

Cybersafety on the Schools A-Z website developed by the Department of Education and Communities, New South Wales contains information for parents about the following:

  • Keeping kids safe online
  • Keeping Facebook private
  • Should kids have computers in their bedrooms
  • Ten Cybersafety tips every parent should know.

Using Technology: The Department of Education and Communities, New South Wales Schools A-Z website helps parents to understand what the latest technologies can do and how they're being used. Learn more about what your children may be doing online and pick up some top tips to help keep them safe.

Cybersafety and cyberbullying: A guide for parents and caregivers by the Department of Education, Training and Employment, Queensland, provides information for parents about online safety, online bullying, inappropriate online behaviour, inappropriate content, how to report an incident to a website operator, and web filtering and parental control software.

Cybersafety Resources by the Australian Government Department of Communications provides links to a number of websites about cybersafety.

Sexting and the law on The Line website, an initiative under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 - 2022 and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.