More children and young people in Australia are using online technologies regularly for education, recreation and socialising. Many organisations are also using online technologies to interact with children and young people and deliver services to them.
While online technologies are usually used in a positive way, there is still a risk that children and young people will be exposed to cyberbullying, inappropriate or harmful content, and unwanted contact from strangers. It is important that children and young people, their carers, and organisations that interact with children online, are equipped to manage and respond to these risks and prevent harm to children online.
Keeping children safe, both offline and online, requires joint effort across government agencies. Our office works with many partners, including the eSafety Commissioner and Australian Federal Police, on national plans to prevent harm to children and young people online.
The eSafety Commissioner has a wide range of educational and practical online safety resources for all age groups, including specific material for children and young people. These resources include, but are not limited to, tips to stay safe online, how to respond to cyberbullying, identifying and responding to unwanted contact, and sharing personal information online. The eSafety Commissioner also provides resources for organisations, such as the Toolkit for Schools, to support them in creating safer online spaces. These resources can be applied across all organisations that engage with children and young people.
The eSafety Commissioner can also help take action against cyberbullying and online abuse against children, image-based abuse, and illegal and harmful online content. More information about what you can report to the eSafety Commissioner is available on the eSafety Commissioner website.
The Australian Federal Police leads the ThinkUKnow program – a national program delivering online child safety information in schools and organisations to parents and carers, teachers and students from the first year of school through to Year 12. You can book a presentation online through their Book a Presentation page. The ThinkUKnow website also has useful resources and information about staying safe online for children, young people, parents, and carers.