Together with ThinkUKnow we have created a fun online safety Family Bingo activity. It includes online and offline activities, so there’s something for everyone. You can set a challenge to complete all of the activities over a weekend, one a week or what works best for your family.
Family Bingo (PDF)
Online safety tips
- Online child exploitation is a growing concern in Australia and the world. It refers to the sexual exploitation of children and young people aged 16 and below over the internet and includes online grooming, personal image sharing and image-based abuse.
- Never before has it been easier for our children and young people to receive inappropriate contact via online devices, apps and online games.
- Online grooming and child sexual exploitation can happen within hours, to anyone and from anywhere (including exploitation materials being produced and shared by children and young people themselves).
- Encouraging someone under 16 to produce and share sexualised images of themselves, or encouraging them to meet up in person is a criminal offence. It is also an offence to download, share and possess child exploitation material. Perpetrators, including minors, can be charged for such offences.
- Children and young people of all ages need the support, guidance and education of adults to stay safe online.
- Those of primary school age should always be overseen by an adult when online.
- Those in early teenage years should have their online activity monitored and supervised closely by an adult.
- Those in older teenage years should be educated about what to do to stay safe when they are online.
- The most important thing that families and carers can do is to start the conversation about online safety with children from an early age and to continue talking with them regularly throughout all stages of their lives.
- There are resources available for parents, carers, educators, health professionals and children and young people. For more information and access to tools, resources and advice, as well as reporting and support services, please visit ThinkUKnow.org.au.
Online safety education resources
- Alannah & Madeline Foundation
- The Foundation runs evidence-based programs that prevent violence and advocate for children's safety and wellbeing.
- Bravehearts provides personal safety education programs for children as well as tailored child protection training packages for organisations working with and providing support to young people.
- Carly Ryan Foundation
- The Carly Ryan Foundation was created to promote internet safety, providing support to families and the community through education, counselling, engagement, promotion and advocacy.
- Constable Kenny
- ACT Policing's Constable Kenny Koala program is designed to educate children between three to 12 years of age on a range of safety themes, and to encourage them to turn to police for help and advice.
- Daniel Morcombe Foundation
- The Daniel Morcombe Foundation aims to educate children and young people on how to stay safe in physical and online environments and to support young survivors of crime.
- eSafety Commissioner
- eSafety is responsible for promoting online safety for all Australians and provides online safety resources for schools, parents and communities.
- Download the eSafety Commissioner's guide to dealing with the sharing of explicit material at your school here. This guide has been produced by the eSafety Commissioner, in collaboration with the Australian Federal Police-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation, the ThinkUKnow program, and input by the Association of Independent Schools NSW.
- PlayingITSafe is a series of play-based learning activities about technology and Online Safety for early learning settings and at home – for children and their parents, carers and educators.
- ThinkUKnow ThinkUKnow is Australia’s only nationally delivered law enforcement-led online child safety program that provides education for parents, carers and teachers, children and young people to address the issue of online child sexual exploitation. ThinkUKnow resources explore what young people SEE, SAY, and DO online. Using real case studies from the ACCCE, the program addresses challenges such as self-produced child exploitation (sexting), privacy and unwanted contact, online grooming, sexual extortion and importantly how to get help and report. Free resources are available for parents, carers and teachers at thinkuknow.org.au.
ThinkUKnow is a partnership between the AFP and industry and delivered in collaboration with all State and Territory police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia.