Protecting yourself online
On this page, you will find information about:
- the top online safety issues for young people
- how to report cyberbullying or illegal online activity
- where to get help if someone’s online behaviour is upsetting you.
Here are some of the top eSafety issues for young people. Click on the links to take you to more information about each topic.
- Cyber abuse—online behaviour that is likely to have a seriously threatening, intimidating, harassing or humiliating effect on a person.
- Cyberbullying—there are many young people being cyberbullied so, by reporting it, talking about it, and supporting each other, we can stop it.
- Image-based abuse—find reporting options, support and resources for victims, their family and friends, and bystanders.
- Offensive or illegal content—if it’s violent, explicit or criminal, you can report it to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner for action.
- Sexting—while sharing suggestive images or text messages may seem like innocent flirting, it can have serious social and legal consequences.
- Social engineering—the act of manipulating people into performing actions or divulging confidential information like passwords and PINs.
- Social networking—great ways to stay in touch and find new friends, but there are some risks meeting people online if you don’t know them in real life.
- Unwanted contact—any type of online communication that you find unpleasant or confronting.
- Learn more, get advice and strategies, or lodge a cyberbullying complaint in response to harmful or serious cyberbullying.
- If you’ve seen offensive and illegal online content, make a complaint to the cyberReport team.
- Take action against image-based abuse if you have experienced it or know someone who has. Read people’s stories, report the abuse and find support and resources.
- The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network is a secure reporting and referral service for cybercrime and online incidents that may be in breach of Australian law.
- In a life-threatening and time-critical situation call Triple Zero (000).
- Lifeline—phone 13 11 14 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
- Suicide Call Back Service—phone 1300 659 467 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
- Kids Helpline—phone 1800 55 1800 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) if you are aged 5 to 25 for free and confidential counselling, or find out about their email and webchat counselling.
- eheadspace—a confidential, free and secure space where young people aged 12 to 25 or their family can chat, email or speak on the phone with a qualified youth mental health professional.