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.

 

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.

Download the free resources, including our research report Digital Lives of Aussie Teens, and start teaching online safety now!

 

Plan a lesson

  Plan an online safety lesson

eSafety is encouraging every class in Australia to plan an online safety lesson. 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
  • 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 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. 

 

Review safety

  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 now!

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 resource in the Toolkit for Schools. 

 

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. 

 

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. 

 

Keep parents informed

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