The internet is a great way to socialise, learn, work, play and be entertained — but with technology comes risks. It is therefore important that everyone knows how to protect themselves while online.


This page provides some basic tips to stay safe online.


For more detailed information, and parent handout, see our news item about Cybersafety for parents.




To help your child stay safe online:


1. Have open conversations with your child, often.

2. Place devices in communal areas not bedrooms.

  • Supervision is essential. This means knowing what your child is doing online, who they are interacting with and what platforms, apps or games they are using.

3. Be tech savy.

  • Did you know that most social media platforms have a minimum age of 13?
  • Learn about social media and the apps your children are using and/or encourage your children to show you how to use them.
  • Visit the eSafety guide or to learn how safe popular apps are for children and teenagers to use.

4. Practice and teach good online habits.

  • Encourage children to set strong passwords and not to share them.
  • Encourage critical thinking. Not everything on the internet is reliable and this includes social media.
  • Know how to set control and privacy settings.

5. Google your kids.

  • Do this on a regular basis to see what information is available online about your children.

6. Look for signs that may indicate problems.

  • Subtle changes in your child's behaviour may be indicators of problems. Talk with your child about these changes.

7. Be approachable if your child needs help.

8. Know how to report if something goes wrong.

  • eSafety helps Australians prevent and deal with harm caused by serious online abuse or illegal and restricted online content. 


Sources: ThinkUKnow Australia and Telethon Kids Institute


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To stay safe online:


1. Know how to be safe online.

  • Check your privacy settings.
  • Create strong passwords and keep them private.
  • Never reveal personal information.
  • Be aware of fake news.

2. Think about what you share.

  • Remember posting is permanent
  • Be respectful to others

3. Get help

  • Don't keep a secret. Reach out to at least one person you trust, such as a close friend, family member, counsellor or teacher, who can give you the help and support you need.

4. Know how to block or report content.

  • You can contact the eSafety Commissioner for advice and to report.


Sources: Time to Log Off and NCDIT


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