Cyber-safety in schools

The Australian Government recognises student wellbeing and safety are essential for academic and social development. All students should be able to learn and develop in safe, supportive and respectful environments. Australian schools, families and communities all have a responsibility to provide safe online environments and teach children how to use technology in positive and productive ways.

The Department of Education works closely with the Department of Communications, which has primary responsibility for Cybersafety matters along with the Australian Communications and Media Authority to ensure evidence-based cybersafety education is available to all Australian schools for all members of the school community.

The following resources provide information for students, teachers, parents and the broader community about creating safe online and offline environments.

Safe Schools Hub

The Safe Schools Hub is a one-stop shop for information and resources underpinned by the National Safe Schools Framework. The Hub assists school communities to nurture student responsibility and resilience, build a positive school culture, foster respectful relationships and support students who are impacted by anti-social behaviour, including bullying and cyberbullying.

Bullying No Way!

Bullying No Way! is an educational website for Australian school communities and the general public. As well as providing information for individuals, the website provides online curriculum and other resources to support the bullying prevention work of schools. Cybersafety resources and information aimed at children, parents and teachers are provided on the website.

Cybersmart Program

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

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 install and use, and can be downloaded onto computers and mobile devices. Users have the option to TALK to someone about online issues that are of concern, REPORT inappropriate online content or behaviour, and LEARN about good cybersafety practices.

The Easy Guide to Socialising Online

The Easy Guide to Socialising Online provides information about the cybersafety features of different social networking sites, search engines and online games. It provides clear, step-by-step instructions on how to adjust privacy settings as well as site specific advice on how to report cyberbullying, abuse and inappropriate content.

Cybersafety Help-Australian Government Facebook page

The Australian Government’s Cybersafety Help Facebook Page provides a gateway to online resources and discussion about cybersafety issues. Through the page, visitors can be kept up to date on current cybersafety news and find links to educational resources. Further information on other Australian Government cybersafety initiatives is available from the: