Parents and cybersafety

​Teaching your child to be cybersafe will help them to engage with the online world safely, responsibly and discerningly and can assist to protect them from online risks.

Sometimes children are faced with online situations that they simply don’t know how to handle. This means that schools should have ongoing campaigns and programs to teach children and young people the knowledge and skills they need to prevent bullying and other inappropriate behaviours they see online, to intervene effectively when incidents occur, to celebrate diversity, and to promote friendship and positive social behaviours.

The culture of a school is set by the leadership and teachers, but it is students and parents that can really make it strong. When students feel empowered to work with adults, to create opportunities for positive relationships and make commitments to engage in positive behaviours they can establish a positive peer group culture that makes a huge contribution to the school culture.

Common cybersafety issues for children include cyberbullying, accessing or sharing inappropriate content and protecting their personal information.

For more information on how you can be a positive online role model for your child, see the factsheet. 

The Department has provided school’s with Acceptable Use Agreement templates to assist them to develop agreements as to what constitutes acceptable use of internet, netbooks and other online and digital technologies in their communities.

For more information, see Acceptable Use Agreements and Consent.

It is recommended that parents discuss, develop and implement a similar ‘family agreement’ at home. This will assist your child to understand what is and isn’t appropriate online behaviour and that appropriate online behaviour is expected everywhere and anytime they are online.

Sample acceptable use agreements for families

Cybersmart - Family Safety Contract

A national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). The Family Safety Contract supports an agreement between children and their parents that recognises the potential of the online environment and establishes rules for its safe use. For more information, see Family Safety Contract.

Janell Burley Hofmann

Janell is the mother of five who developed her own innovative take on an online family agreement. Her children’s digital technology use comes with an 18-point set of terms and conditions that she has developed based on her own online experiences. For more information, see Online Family Agreement.

Common sense media family media agreement

Dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Their Family Media Agreement is a checklist that parents can use to guide conversations with their kids about media use. It’s designed to help parents establish guidelines and expectations around media use and behaviour that are right for their family. For more information, see Family Media Agreement.

Digizen family values agreement

The Digizen website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. The Agreement provides a list of positive statements to help you make your family values known and to help your child develop a common understanding of what is and what isn't appropriate behaviour online. For more information, see Family Values Agreement.