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Be Deadly Online

About this resource

Explores cyberbullying, digital reputation and respect for others, through short videos and posters created by and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Target audience


Lower secondary, Middle secondary, Upper secondary


Accessing support, Cyberbullying, Digital reputation, Respectful online relationships, Sexting and sending nudes

Type of resource

Lesson plans, video, student-directed learning, posters, web content


15 to 45 minutes, depending on activities chosen

Australian curriculum

Key learning areas

Technologies, Health and Physical Education

General capabilities

Ethical Understanding, Personal and Social Capability, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability

Key outcomes for students

Students will learn about how their digital footprint or reputation builds up over time, and how cyberbullying, sending nudes and sexting can have impacts on themselves, their family and their community. They will discuss the concept of respect in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and how this can be applied to online activities. 

Using this resource in schools

There are three short animations as well as three issue-based videos and posters featuring the same characters. 

Show the videos or pin up the posters and use the lesson plan activities to structure discussion. You can choose one video, based on the topic most relevant to your students, or show all of them over a series of lessons, in any order.

Introduce your students to the other pages in the resource, for self-directed learning. 

Note that the animations contain mild coarse language and themes that may not be suitable for all ages. We suggest you review the content to ensure it is suitable for your audience.

You can also send your students the link to the student and community homepage and let them explore on their own.

Student home


Lesson plan structure

Two discussion-based lesson plans are available. 

Secondary lesson plan

This lesson plan has two activities, each focusing on a different topic: 

  • Activity 1 — sexting and sending nudes: uses the video That’s Not Team Spirit to introduce the concept of sexting and explore the potential social, emotional and legal consequences as well as how to manage sexting-related issues
  • Activity 2 — digital footprint: uses the video Dumb Stuff to introduce the idea that everything we do online contributes to our digital footprint or reputation. It explores the potential social and emotional consequences of this as well as how to manage social media related issues.

Both activities place the issue within an Aboriginal cultural context and start by using the Respect Circle video to examine the impact of online behaviour on yourself, others and family/community.


Watch the videos That’s Not Team Spirit, Dumb Stuff and Respect Circle on the Be Deadly Online student home page

Yarning circle lesson plan

This activity uses the poster series and the Digital Footprint video.
It may be suitable for upper primary students as well as lower secondary. For primary students, the Digital Footprint poster, the Positive Uses of Technology poster and the Dumb Stuff animation may be the most appropriate.

Watch the videos Digital Footprint video on the Be Deadly Online Digital Footprint page.



For community groups

Be Deadly Online was developed in consultation with several Aboriginal communities to identify key themes related to the positive and responsible use of technology. As well as schools, Be Deadly Online animations, posters and presentations can be used by:

  • community service providers
  • not-for-profits
  • health centres
  • any youth and staff from surrounding schools
  • local police
  • most importantly, any members of the community who have an interest in becoming leaders and modelling positive online behaviour.

Using this resource with community groups

Show participants the videos, then lead discussion based on the issues raised.
Note that the animations contain mild coarse language and themes that may not be suitable for all ages. We suggest you review the content to ensure it is suitable for your audience.

Watch the videos That’s Not Team Spirit, Dumb Stuff and Little Things on the Be Deadly Online student home page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities all over Australia have been asking questions about life online. The Be Deadly Online resources answer some of these questions. 

A Yarrabah perspective 

A Yarrabah perspective

Yarrabah residents, teachers and police talk about the success of the Be Deadly Online program and how accurately it reflects cybersafety concerns within Aboriginal communities as well its strong and upbeat connection with students and parents.


Be Deadly Online has won the following awards:

World Media Festival 2014 – intermedia-globe Gold
ATOM Awards 2014 – Winner
Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards 2014 – Highly commended 2014


eSafety acknowledges the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to elders both past and present. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the people who have worked with us on the Be Deadly Online resources.