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

Social media and privacy

Social media sites like Facebook or Instagram are great for sharing language, finding friends and tracking down family.

But once you share a pic or a post, it is out there for everyone to see. So being safe and smart about social media is important.

Getting it right

Remember, anyone can copy what you post on social media, including your pics. Being safe is about making good choices.

There's a lot of pride in our community – it’s good to share our stories and pics. — Dora, 54


Social media can make social headaches

Online fights can grow into a big mess. The choices we make online can affect our communities too.

Check out what happens when Ebony's godmother Sal posts something about her mum Tanya on their social networking site. Things get out of control, quickly!

Little Things

‘Little things' focuses on how a small comment on a social networking site can easily be misinterpreted and turned from a little thing into a big deal!

Social media safety checklist

Have you

  • only ‘friended’ people you know?
  • looked at your security and privacy settings?
  • learnt how to report any trouble?
  • kept it strong and proud?

These are just some of the things you can do to make the most of social media and keeping your privacy and community safe at the same time. 

You can also explore privacy in other parts of this website — for kids, young people or parents.

Resources for teachers and communities

This page is part of the Be Deadly Online educational resource. 

For lesson plans, community presentations and other information go to Be Deadly Online: about this resource.