Advice about protecting children online
The internet, mobile phones and instant messaging provide wonderful opportunities for children to learn, be creative and socialise online. They also provide opportunities for inappropriate behaviour, bullying and harassment to occur.
What is Cybersafety?
Cybesafety is a broad term referring to appropriate and responsible behaviour online - it covers online privacy and information protection, good manners and behaviour online, and knowing how to get help with online issues.
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is when technology, such as email, mobile phones, chat rooms and social networking sites, are used to verbally or socially bully another person. Bullying is an ongoing abuse of power to threaten or harm another person.
Resources for parents
The department recently published this guide for parents and caregivers. It provides important information for parents about cybersafety and cyberbullying. It suggests what parents and caregivers can do if their child is the target of, or is responsible for, inappropriate online behaviour.
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) Cybersmart website, provides activies, resources and practical advice to help children and teenagers safely enjoy the online world. Parents are encouraged to visit the dedicated secton for parents within this site.
The Australian Government's cybersecurity website provides information for Australian internet users on the simple steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information online.
This website has been designed to provide parents and carers access to information about bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence in schools.
Kids Helpline is a counselling service for Australian children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years.
This service, provides support, counselling and parent education for the cost of a local call.
ThinkUKnow is an internet safety program delivering interactive training to parents, carers and teachers through schools and organisations across Australia using a network of accredited trainers.
To help protect students when using devices at home, parents can download the 'Cybersafety Help button'. This is a free application that is easily downloaded onto personal computers and mobile devices. This application is available on all school computers.