Cybersafety at home
This section has been included to help parents promote good digital citizenship in their family. Digital citizenship is about confident and positive engagement with digital technologies. By educating your children about digital citizenship, they will have the opportunity to develop an understanding about the following concepts:
- Digital and information literacy (the skills required for children to successfully learn and live in a digital society)
- Internet Safety (staying safe when using the internet)
- Privacy and Security (keeping your information private and secure when operating online)
- Cyberbullying, relationships, etiquette and communication (Bullying or harassment through digital means)
- Creative credit and copyright (giving acknowledgement of the work to the original owner)
- Digital footprints (personal information that exists online due to their online activity)
For a comprehensive overview and resources about online safety refer to the eSafety commissioner resource eSafetyparents.
As parents, you want to help to develop good digital citizens, those who have the knowledge and skills to effectively use digital technologies to communicate with others, participate in society and create and consume digital content. Below you will find a collection of games, videos, activities and tools to help guide you through this.
This video, by Generation Next, looks at the impact of technology on young people's brains, and what parents can do to encourage healthy technology use.
Greg Gebhart, Senior Education Trainer at the Office of the eSafety Commissioner discusses current trends in young people's tech use, what research tells us of its impact, and strategies to promote a healthier, more balanced engagement with technology in their daily lives.
Common Sense Media Blog: Common Sense Media provides a number of articles on parenting, media, and everything in between.
Guide to Online Safety: Covering a number of key online safety issues, the Parent's guide to online safety offers practical, issues focused information and advice for parents of children of all ages.
The Parents’ Guide to Teaching your Teen Online Safety: This guide explains the various types of threats that teens could be exposed to online. It shares useful summaries of popular internet apps such as Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat, Twitter and Whatsapp and provides helpful advice and safety tips in using these apps. It also offers other online safety topics such as sharing personal information, socializing online, cyberbullying, harmful content, influencers, body image and mental health for teens online.
An introduction to cyber security and data protection: This site provides useful definitions and information on all things cyber. Learn just how powerful the internet can be in terms of data storage and how this data can be used maliciously. Discover ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim of hackers or data criminals and useful resources.