We know that there are plenty of online safety educational resources currently available for families and care-givers. We want to make it easy for you to find and use them so you can focus on helping children and young people to be safer online.
We've also been busy collaborating with local organisations and government bodies to fill gaps and provide more information to help keep young people safe online.
It’s all relative - online safety tips and strategies
We understand that sometimes it’s hard helping young people be safe online. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Churches of Christ in Queensland to bring you some online safety strategies and tips.
There may be risks online – but risk doesn’t always equal harm. So remember, E = MC2 - It’s all relative and:
- Educate yourself about the benefits and risks of being online to help young people be safe
- Manage settings and know where you can go for help and support
- Keep calm and have open conversations
If you're caring for a young person, why not try our top 10 tips for helping them stay safe online:
- Focus on the positives: There are lots of great things about the internet, don't just focus on the dangers.
- Be curious: Learn about what they know about and do online, and be open to understanding their world. Remember, you don't have to be the expert!
- Keep talking: Have ongoing conversations with them about their online activities and listen to what they have to say.
- Stay up-to-date: The digital world keeps changing and so do the dangers. Know what the latest online trends are.
- Discuss the dangers: Help them identify what might be harmful online, why and what they can do to stay safe - this builds their digital literacy and empowers them.
- Encourage empathy: Educate them about respectful relationships and empathy towards others - online and offline.
- Be brave: Be open to having conversations about difficult subjects that may be uncomfortable for everyone.
- Empower them: They need to know how to respond to inappropriate online content and contact. Work out practical ways together, so they feel empowered to tackle potential situations.
- Model behaviour: Think about your own social media presence and activities and make sure your own behaviour is the same as what you expect from them.
- Watch for changes: Be aware of what they're doing online and pay attention if their behaviour and mood change. Seek support!
Check out our suite of resources below for more information.