Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic

Safer Internet Day – Secondary years

Did you know? 1 in 5 young people reported being socially excluded, threatened, or abused online.

eSafety resources can help you start the chat with your students about being safer online, then keep building their digital skills throughout the year.

Plan your back-to-school activities around Safer Internet Day on 9 February 2021! 


Steps to start the chat

You will find lots of ideas, resources, lessons and activities for secondary school students by clicking on the tabs below.

Plus, on Safer Internet Day we will launch our new research, Digital Lives of Aussie Teens.

Register your support, download the free resources and get planning!


1. Register support

  1. Register your support

Show your support for Safer Internet Day, alongside millions of other people around the world. Let's work together for a better internet!

When you register we can share Safer Internet Day tips with you and let you know as soon as new resources are available, including the Digital Lives of Aussie Teens report.


Register now


2. Download resources

  2. Download free eSafety resources

Use the Promotion Kit to let your staff, students, families and community know about Safer Internet Day.

Promotion kit


  • School newsletter insert – to let parents and carers know about Safer Internet Day and our new parent webinar Cyberbullying and online drama. Or print and hand them out as flyers at your information night!
  • Posters – to promote online safety in your community and to let students know about Safer Internet Day activities and events within the school.
  • Start the chat bubble – students can draw or write their responses, then you can use them to decorate your classroom or school, or share on social media. By telling the world your school cares about online safety you can encourage others to support it too!
  • Social media post – start the chat on social by using the image and one of the suggested messages, or create your own. Don't forget to add #SID2021 #StartTheChat and tag @eSafetyOffice.

TIP: Remember to follow our Guidelines for social media use, video sharing and online collaboration, to ensure you keep the privacy of your students safe if you plan to share photos in your newsletter or on your social media channels.

Download kit


Use these NEW resources to help start the chat about online safety: 

Find more resources, links and ideas in tab 3. Plan an online safety lesson.


3. Plan a lesson

  3. Plan an online safety lesson

eSafety is encouraging every classroom in Australia to plan an online safety lesson for Safer Internet Day. Select one of these activities or use our resources to create your own!

Classroom resources

  • Use the new Online Safety Classroom Agreement to discuss and decide how digital technology will be used in your classroom or school. 
  • Discuss our new research report Digital Lives of Aussie Teens. To be released on Safer Internet Day!
  • Check out Young and eSafe to explore being respectful and responsible online.
  • Encourage students to become positive leaders with The YeS Project, a workshop-based digital and social health program.
  • Watch our award-winning short film Tagged and use the teaching resources to explore the real-life consequences of cyberbullying. Available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian and Vietnamese.
  • Use our Be Deadly Online resource created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Play the Lost summer video game.
  • Run a class discussion using the Respect matters or The internet and the law slide deck.
  • Run a class discussion about the Top tips for online safety, then display them in the classroom as a reminder throughout the year.
  • Use the eSafety Young People conversation starters to get your class talking about online issues and ways to stay safer online – you could even set a homework task for students to play the game with their family.
  • Use eSafety’s Young People pages to guide students through issues such as online bullying, catfishing, online dating and gaming.
  • Find out more about the latest apps and games your students are using with The eSafety Guide.
  • Use the Being Safe Online Easy Read booklet to deliver key advice to low-literacy students.
  • Take a deep dive into the eSafety Education pages of our website – you will find a range of award-winning videos and other education resources for all stages, to use on Safer Internet Day and throughout the year.
  • Explore our Tech trends and challenges pages about the latest digital developments and what they mean for online safety.


Online safety at the click of a link

Our new Quick Links for interactive devices puts online safety advice and classroom resources at your fingertips. 


4. Review safety

  4. Review school online safety

Have you reviewed your school's approach to online safety recently, including all your practices and procedures? There's no better time to do it than at the start of the year!

Check eSafety's Toolkit for Schools

  • Use the Toolkit for Schools to check your practices and procedures are evidence-based and up-to-date, so you can prevent and respond to online safety issues.
  • Conduct a Student voice survey of school community attitudes to online safety using our NEW resources in the Toolkit for Schools. Available now!


Encourage student commitment

Use the new Online Safety Classroom Agreement to discuss and decide how digital technology will be used in your classrooms or school, then review and renew the agreements through the year. Available now!


Find online safety advice at the click of a link

Bookmark the Quick Links for interactive devices, so you always have online safety resources and advice at your fingertips. Available now!


Keep parents informed

Tell your parents, carers and wider community about the tips and resources available at, including:

  • free, live webinars for parents and carers – Cyberbullying and online drama
  • Parents pages, covering topics from dealing with tech tantrums through to how to start hard-to-have conversations about personal issues
  • Tech trends and challenges pages, looking at the latest digital developments and what they mean for online safety
  • Research including our new report Digital Lives of Aussie Teens (to be released on Safer Internet Day 2021).