Cybersafety Resources and Initiatives

Includes resources provided by the Australian Government.

Last updated 28 March, 2023. See the latest entry. 


Safe YouTube
Surrounding YouTube videos can be distracting and even inappropriate for students. Safe YouTube will not show pop up ads or links to further videos. Enter the URL of a YouTube video in the text frield on the Safe YouTube website and generate a pure view of the video.

  Teaching Digital Citizenship with Picture Story Books
Students need to be aware of the risks and dangers that exist online from an early age. Eleni Kyritsis' love for teaching through picture story books has allowed her to find a range of very supportive books to help teachers teach students about the key concepts of Digital Citizenship

Bullying. NO WAY!
This site provides information and ideas for students, parents and teachers. It supports the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA).

Office of the eSafety Commissioner, Australian Government
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is committed to empowering all Australians to have safer, more positive experiences online. The Office was established in 2015 with a mandate to coordinate and lead the online safety efforts across government, industry and the not-for profit community.

Common sense education
Common sense is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Resources and informationare provided for parents, teachers, and policymakers. Interactive games, activities and resources empower students to use technology responsibly, safely and effectively.


Budd:e cyber security and safety education package is a series of media rich and interactive learning activities in two learning modules to help students adopt safe and secure online practices and behaviours.


Consultative Working Group on Cybersafety
The Consultative Working Group on Cybersafety (CWG) considers the broad range of cybersafety issues and advises government to ensure properly-developed and targeted policy initiatives to protect Australian children from online risks including cyberbullying, exposure to illegal content and privacy breaches.

The group meets four times a year and has members drawn from community groups, internet service providers, industry associations, business and government.

Cooperative Arrangement for Complaints Handling on Social Networking Sites
Cooperative Arrangement for Complaints Handling on Social Networking Sites (the Protocol) was developed through close cooperation with industry and has been agreed to by Facebook, Google (YouTube), Yahoo! and Microsoft. The Protocol assists in improving the information that social networking sites make available to their users about their handling of complaints for material posted online, and to highlight and educate users on mechanisms to deal with problems which arise on their sites.

The Cybersafety Help Button
The Cybersafety Help Button is a FREE downloadable resource providing a one-stop-shop for cybersafety information. The Help Button is easy to use, install and is available 24 hours a day. Once downloaded, it serves as a constant online companion that assists users of any age to take control of their online world.

Users have the option to TALK to someone about online issues that are of concern, REPORT inappropriate online content or behaviour, and LEARN about how to be a good digital citizen. The Help Button can be used on mobile devices including the iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry along with web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. It can also be downloaded directly onto a laptop or PC.

Cybersmart Program
The Australian Communications and Media Authority’s Cybersmart Program is a national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program designed to encourage participation in the digital economy by providing information and education which empowers children to be safe online.


Student Wellbeing Hub
The resources available on the Student Wellbeing Hub help to create learning communities that promote student wellbeing and the development of respectful relationships. 

Skooville is a a mediated social networking site where children aged 6-14 years old can experience first-hand how to keep themselves safe online. It gives young children a guided experience, the confidence, the skills and the knowledge to better protect themselves online. Teachers use Skooville to teach digital literacy, introducing students to essential web skills in a fun learning environment. Children can also explore independently, taking part in a range of educational activities, games and projects.

Parents guide to online safety
This guide offers practical issue focused information and advice for parents of children of all ages. Topics covered include:
- Cyberbullying
- Social networking
- Unwanted contact
- Sexting
- Inappropriate contact
- Online safeguards


Youth Advisory Group on Cybersafety
The Youth Advisory Group on Cybersafety (YAG) is a group of young Australians aged from 8 to17 who provide a young person’s perspective on cybersafety issues through moderated and secure online discussion forums. YAG plays a critical role in providing advice to government on cybersafety and the development of cybersafety policy, resources and educational material.

  Safe Schools Hub
The Safe Schools Hub is underpinned by the National Safe Schools Framework which aims to ensure that all Australian schools are safe, supportive and respectful teaching and learning communities that promote student wellbeing.

The Safe Schools Hub includes the Safe Schools Toolkit, a professional learning module and a section for parents with further resources being developed.
  IT pros share some crucial lessons on how to avoid getting hacked.
Lessons from Scott McGready and some other IT professionals about securing your personal data.
is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, Commonwealth Bank, Microsoft and Datacom and delivered in partnership with all State and Territory police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia. The cyber safety presentations sensitively cover a range of topics including sexting, cyber bullying, online child exploitation, online privacy, and importantly what to do when something goes wrong. Presentations are aimed at parents, carers and teachers and young people from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

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