Protecting yourself online

On this page, you will find information about:

eSafety issues

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.

How to make a report

Where to get help

  • 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.