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Be Deadly Online

About this resource

Explores cyberbullying, sexting, digital reputation and respect for others. It includes lesson plans, short videos and posters created with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for their own community.

Target audience


Lower secondary, Middle secondary, Upper secondary


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

Type of resource

Lesson plans, videos, 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 

Students will discover how their digital footprint or reputation builds up over time, and how cyberbullying, sending nudes and sexting can impact 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

eSafety worked with several Aboriginal communities to develop the material for Be Deadly Online.

There are four teaching modules supported by lesson plans, videos and posters.  

Show the videos or pin up the posters and use the lesson plan activities to structure discussion. Note that some of the videos contain language and themes that may not be suitable for younger children. These videos are recommended for audiences 14 years and older. 

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

Student and community resources



Lessons have been organised into four main topics:   

  1. Cyberbullying.
  2. Social media and privacy.
  3. Sending nudes and sexting.
  4. Your digital footprint.



Explore what cyberbullying means and how to deal with abusive texts and hate pages online. Students learn how to get help and support other people if they see them bullied online.  


Poster - Make good choices. Make your mob proud! (PDF)

Video – What is cyberbullying? 
Video – Little things


Social media and privacy

Students can explore the benefits and the risks of posting pictures and stories on social media and learn how to protect their privacy. The lesson encourages informal class discussions in a yarning circle. 


Poster - Make good choices. Make your mob proud! (PDF)

Video – Little things


Sending nudes and sexting

These materials introduce the concept of sending nudes and sexting and explore the potential social, emotional and legal consequences of sharing sexy pics. 


Poster - Think twice before posting online (PDF)

Video – That's not team spirit 


Your digital footprint

This module contains two discussion-based lesson plans about digital footprints: 

  • 'Yarning circle' explores storytelling in Indigenous cultures and how this relates to sharing material online. 
  • 'I've done all the dumb things' looks at digital footprints and the impact of posting material online.


Poster - Online business is everyone's business (PDF)
Poster - Make good choices. Make your mob proud! (PDF)

Video – Dumb stuff 
Video – What is a digital footprint? 

For community groups

As well as schools, the Be Deadly Online videos, posters and presentations can be used by:

  • community service providers
  • not-for-profits
  • health centres
  • local police
  • future community leaders wanting to model positive online behaviour.

Using this resource with community groups

Show participants the videos and posters and lead discussions based on the issues raised.

Note that the videos contain language and themes that may not be suitable for younger children. 

A Yarrabah perspective

In this video, Yarrabah residents, teachers and police talk about the success of the Be Deadly Online program. They discuss how accurately it reflects concerns within Aboriginal communities and builds a strong and upbeat connection with students and parents.

Video: A Yarrabah perspective


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


We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the people who have worked with us on the Be Deadly Online resources.