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

Living with disability

eSafety recognises that many individuals living with disability have safe, enjoyable and positive online experience most of the time, but they also face risks.

In general terms, people with disability experience a ‘digital divide’, meaning they can miss out on features and benefits that other Australians access online. People with disability also experience higher levels of online abuse.

eSafety undertakes research, consultation and community engagement to ensure we support people with disability to manage online risks in ways that recognise their diverse needs, strengths and experiences.

We continuously work to improve our programs and the accessibility of our resources.

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Growing up with good online safety habits

Sugar glider possums Swoosh and Glide are developing positive habits with technology as they grow – just like all our youngest Australians!

Use the Swoosh and Glide picture book and song to encourage young children to ask for help when they are using digital devices, to keep them safer online.

The resources include read-along and sing-along videos with Auslan.

Swoosh and Glide story time video - Auslan

An Auslan interpreter brings to life the story of Swoosh, Glide and Rule Number 5.

My Family Rules music video - Auslan

Enjoy Lah-Lah's performance of My Family Rules, with the help of an Auslan interpreter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More information

'How to' videos

  • Our 'How to' videos have captions and transcripts. These were created to help people experiencing domestic and family violence, but they can be used by anyone. They cover a range of topics including privacy settings, two-factor authentication, creating strong passwords, safe browsing and reporting abuse. 

Online courses in digital basics

  • The Be Connected resources have been created for older Australians with limited digital skills, but they can be used by anyone. The short online courses cover topics such as getting to know your device, getting started online, social media apps, and buying and selling online. All of them include online safety advice. 

Interactive resources

  • Your online journey is an app developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with low digital literacy skills. It's a free, easy-to-use app with step-by-step instructions and videos to help people get online and stay safe. It will work on any smartphone or tablet, including iPhones and iPads, and once it's downloaded it can be used without an online connection or data. It comes with a Trainers Guide.
  • Technology checkup is a quiz that helps users check who has access to their online information.
  • Tech tour helps users find way to protect themselves while using digital technologies at home and elsewhere.

Information for kids and young people

  • The Kids section of our website has colourful characters and basic safety messaging. Select Be and eSafe kid for very low literacy, or I want help with for mid-Primary school literacy level. 
  • The Young People section of our website has information on a variety of more advanced topics such as fake news and online dating. These pages have a lot of text but the information is easier to understand than our pages for adults. 

Information for parents and carers

Training for professionals

Teaching resources

eSafety has many classroom resources designed for use by teachers of primary and secondary school students. These can be adapted for people with intellectual or cognitive disability.

  • Young and esafe: A resource with videos telling stories about young adults and their online experiences, plus lesson plans that cover themes of respect, responsibility, critical thinking or reasoning, and resilience. The video topics cover bullying, how to question fake news and standing up for others. They are good for starting conversations about online safety.
  • The Lost Summer: A downloadable role-playing video game designed to be a highly engaging experience for 8 to 12 year-olds while building digital skills and encouraging online safety. Participants need to be able to read in order to play the game.
  • #GameOn: A series of five short videos that follow the online experiences of a group of lower secondary students who find themselves in difficult situations. These help viewers to understand the consequences of making poor decisions online.
  • Hector's World: A series of animated videos with fun and engaging characters who are learning how to stay safe online.
  • Cybersmart Challenge: Three animated videos - Cybersmart Detectives, Cybersmart Hero and Cybersmart Forever.    
  • Be Deadly Online: An animated video and poster campaign about online issues, including messaging about bullying, reputational damage and respect for others. The topics include sexting, filming and posting dumb stuff, and online arguments and fights. 'Why we made the Be Deadly Resources' is also a great video to watch.
  • Tagged: The first video tells the story of a group of high school friends who post a rumour about someone. This sparks a chain reaction of cyberbullying, sexting, filmed fights and police action. There are also follow up ‘reflection videos’.
  • Rewrite your StoryA series of eight videos covering different online issues. This is a great resource for starting conversations about people being mean, bullying, sexting and hurting each others' feelings.
  • Be Secure education suite: Five topic-based activities that can be explored separately or delivered as a whole unit. These explore critical thinking, device safety, protecting privacy, spending money online and getting help and support.