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Make good choices online and make your mob proud.

Watch these videos and check out the posters. Follow the different stories and learn how cyberbulling, sexting and social media comments can affect you and your community.


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Tanya and her daughter Ebony are at home. Tanya is using the computer and is shocked to find a nasty online post from her sister, Sal.

Tanya: Ahh! That bloody bitch!

Ebony, look what your bloody cow of a godmother posted on her page!

Ebony: [Reading post] My goddaughter wins healthy fun run.

Oh, what's wrong with that, Mum?

Tanya: How about this? [Reading comment] Proud Mum Tanya, leading by example as usual LOL!

Ebony: Mum, is that an Extra Megaburger?

Tanya: I'll show her LOL!

Tanya goes to the cupboard to find a photo of Sal. She picks one of Sal wearing a towel, just as she's getting out of the shower.

Tanya: Here it is.

Ebony: Mum, don't do it!

Tanya: [Posting] We've all had some tragic moments, hey, Sal? Pissing myself laughing!

Sal and her daughter are at home. Sal is at the computer and gets a shock when she sees the photo that Tanya posted of her. Ebony calls her cousin (Sal's daughter). Ebony's grandmother also sees the post, and comments from her tablet.  

Cousin: [Answering phone] Hey, Eb, heads up. Mum's going off her head here. Gonna end badly.

Ebony: I know. And they tell us off about posting stuff online.

Sal: [Typing] Take this down now! This could affect my job, you idiot!

Tanya: Oh, it's so different now it's of you! [Typing] Rolling on the floor laughing.

Grandmother: [Typing] You two need to grow up. You're supposed to be sisters, not enemies. Go and sort peacefully, face to face.

Sal: You're right! [Typing] I'll sort this out face to face. Anyone who wants to see Tanya be put on her big fat ass, be at her place in 20 minutes.

Tanya: You'll see who gets put on their ass!

Grandmother: That's not what I meant!

People from around the community rush over to Tanya's house. Sal is out the front as Tanya comes out.

Sal: Come on, hero! Let's see what you've got!

Tanya: Bring it!

Sal: Come on then!

Tanya: Come on then!

Sal: Come on then!

Tanya: Come on!

Sal: No, you come on!

The police arrive.

Sheriff: Everyone needs to disperse from the area now! Let's just settle down and go home!

Think twice before sending the wrong message. Online fights can grow into a big mess.

Video: Little things.

This video shows how a little comment on social media can easily turn into a big deal! Warning: This video contains swearing.
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Bud and Johno are riding the bus with their football team, The East Side Tigers. They are headed to a game.

Bud: Hey, look at this.

Coach: Sit down, shut up and stay focused! Don't fool yourselves, boys. The Emus are going to be hard to beat.

The players arrive at the game and file off the bus.

Elder: Come on, boys. Go in hard, head over the ball, and tackle, tackle, tackle!

Johno: Righto, Unc!

Hey, Sharlise!

Sharlise: Hey, good luck, cuz.

The Tigers and Emus play against each other. Bud lands in dog poo trying to catch a ball. He takes his shirt off and Sharlise whistles and claps. Bud kicks a winning goal for the Tigers. As the players head back to the bus, Bud passes Sharlise and friend Kellie.

Crowd: [Cheering]

Crowd member: Look there! [Laughs]

Crowd: [Cheering]

Sharlise: Bud, that was proper deadly.

Bud: Thanks. Wanna give me your number?

Sharlise: OK.

Bud: Or better yet, I'll give you mine.

[From the bus] Sharlise! Send me something real good so I'll remember who you are.

Kellie: You're not going to send that. Are you?

Sharlise: Yeah. It's only for Bud.

Back on the bus, Johno sees that Puddy has been sent a nude of Sharlise. 

Johno: Hey! That's my cousin, you dog.

Puddy: Oh sorry, bros. Ricky sent it to me.

Johno: Rick, you sending photos of my little cousin to everyone?

Ricky: Hey, don't blame me. Talk to the dog poo dude over there.

Johno: Well?

Bud: Settle down, bro. All the girls on your phone are someone else's cousins or sister.

Johno: Delete it now!

Bud: Don't go getting all gangster on me.

A fight breaks out between all the players on the bus.

Coach: Hey! What's going on?

All: [Yelling]

Johno tries to take Bud's phone to delete the photo of Sharlise. The phone flies out the bus window and smashes on the ground.

Bud: Ah, that's brutal.

For more information on sexting, visit the eSafety website,

Narrator: Think twice about sharing sexy pics.

Show respect.

Keep it private.

Video: That's not team spirit

Find out what happens when Sharlise sends a nude of herself to the local footy hero Bud.
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Laila films Ryan as he skateboards off a roof. Ryan lands on his stomach as the skateboard hits him in the head.

Ryan: [Laughs] Check this!

Laila: Oy! Go now, Ryan!

Ryan: Woah-ahh! [Splat]

Everyone: [Laughter]

Ryan: Oh! Ooh.

Ryan's follower: That was brutal!

Ryan is at work at the cinema. Laila films him mixing lots of ingredients, including vinegar and chillies, in a blender. He drinks the spicy mixture and then drinks straight from the slushy machine. 

Ryan: Eh, some of this. Yep. All right. 

[Blender whizzing]

Glug, glug, glug – bleeeeaaaahh!

Everyone: [Laughter]

Laila films as Ryan and his friends ride in shopping trolleys down a hill and crash into a tree. Aunty Em watches on. Laila then films Aunty Em yelling at them.

All: Whoa! Ah! [Splat]


Aunty Em: Serves you right if you break your bloody neck, you bunch of idiots! And don't you put me on the internet thingy. People might come and rob me!

Ryan: Don't worry, Aunty Em. You got nothing worth stealing.

Aunty Em: Ryan Stokes, don't you dare give me cheek! I wiped your bum when you were a baby!

All: [Laughter]

Ryan makes a video remix using the footage of him doing dumb stuff and Aunty Em yelling. He posts it online.

Ryan: OK. Here we go. [Plays video]

[Rap beat playing]

Aunty Em: [Singing] Internet thingy! Internet thingy! Wiped your bum on the internet thingy! Rob me! Rob me! Internet thingy! Don't put me on the internet thingy!

Ryan heads into his work at the cinema where his coworker Kira and manager Phillip are already working.

A fan outside the cinema: Awes vids dude!

Ryan: Ta bros.

Kira: Ryan, why'd you post that video everywhere? Phillip will see it for sure.

Ryan: [Laughs] Naw, he loves it. He'll piss himself laughing.

In Phillip's office.

Phillip: Hah. This is hilarious, bro! You're living dangerously making fun of Aunty Em, though.

Ryan: Just jokes, boss.

Phillip: But what's with you drinking out of the slushy machine without a cup? Hardly hygienic.

Ryan: Sorry. Didn't think.

Phillip: And wearing your work shirt when you're up to all that dumb stuff?

Ryan: Sorry, didn't...

Phillip: Think. Well, now you'll have plenty of time to think.

Ryan: Huh?

Phillip: I have to let you go, mate. Nothing personal. Keep the vids coming, though. They really do make me piss myself laughing.

Aunty Em sings.

Aunty Em: [Singing] Internet thingy! Internet thingy! Don't post dumb stuff on the internet thingy! Learn all about your security settings. They'll help you stay safe on the internet thingy.

For more information about protecting your digital footprint, visit the eSafety website:

Narrator: Think twice about who can see your dumb stuff. Once it's online, your business becomes everyone's business.

Video: Dumb stuff

Find out what happens to Ryan when he posts ‘dumb stuff’ on the internet and loses control of his posts. Warning: This video contains swearing.

Let's go on a journey.

Long time ago in the dreaming, stories were formed and told the old way – person to person.

These stories have left footprints for generations to follow.

Young person: Technology is changing the way we share and tell our stories.

Texting and using social networking sites have become part of our everyday business.

What you say and do online shapes what people think of you now and into the future.

Elder: It's game on when you're online.

So keep your head in the game, and be a team player.

You young ones are our future, so take charge, do it right, and look out for each other.

Make sure when you go online you play it safe every time.

If you play safe, our culture stays strong, and everyone wins.

Being deadly online is easy. It's all about the respect circle – respect for yourself, respect for others, and respect for your environment.

Young person: So what do you mean by respecting yourself?

Elder: The information, conversations and photos you post are part of what builds your digital footprint.

Once it's online, this stuff doesn't go away.

So remember to keep your digital footprint positive by being deadly in everything you do and say.

Young person: So how do I do that, Unc?

Elder: Think about how you speak to others when you go online.

It's easy to get the wrong idea about online messages because it's not face-to-face.

Sometimes this causes hurt and brings shame to the mob.

Communicate and share stories in a positive way.

Think twice before posting pics.

Ask yourself, would you want your family to see it?

Remember, what you post can be easily shared without your commission.

Young person: And what do you mean by respecting others?

Elder: Think about how your actions affect others.

Don't get involved in gossip or jealousy.

Show respect when sharing pics online.

Things like gossiping and filming flights can damage friendships and hurt families.

Elder: The last thing you need to remember is to respect your environment.

Young person: What are you talking about, Unc? How do you respect a tree?

Elder: Nah. It's about the environment you live in, your family, the community and our mob everywhere.

Young person: So what should I do?

Elder: Promote positive community stories online.

Be a good role model by being deadly in everything you do and say.

Don't get involved in any disputes.

Think about the safety of family, culture and community when we go online.

Young person: They're all deadly ideas, but how can I make a difference?

Elder: Use positive language.

Don't swear or gossip.

When you're angry, get offline.

Take time to calm down.

Young person: Hey, maybe I can tell our young mob what's expected from them online.

Elder: That's right. You can show strong, proud behavior online – you know, lead by example.

Remember, it's up to all of us to teach our young ones to keep the respect circle close to their hearts and hands.

Young person: That way, we respect technology and each other. Hey, Unc?

Video: Respect circle

Find out what the respect circle is and how it can be used to start a conversation about online safety.

Let's go on a journey.

A long time ago in the Dreaming, stories were formed and told the old way, person to person.

These stories have left footprints for generations to follow.

These days, technology has changed the way we share and tell our stories.

[Reads title] Digital Footprint, Online Business is Everyone's Business.

As soon as we go online our digital footprint begins.

How we look after our digital footprint will impact on how our future generations will understand and see our culture.

What you text and post goes further than your own mob's Country.

So it's real important that we build a strong digital footprint by being deadly in everything we say and do online.

Texting and using social networking sites shapes how people see you now and into the future.

A bad digital footprint can damage friendships, break relationships, hurt job chances and bring shame to your mob.

It can lead to payback and violence between families and community.

All right you mob, I want you to go out there and be the best you can be. 

You’re in control of what you do online.

You kids are our future.

And I know you can do the right thing by looking after your mates, respecting our culture and being positive when you go online.

You want to build a strong digital footprint. 

Bring some pride to you and your mob by being respectful when you're online.

Remember online business is everyone's business.

What you post today can come right back to your mob like boomerang.

Under 25? Worried about your digital footprint?

You can make a free call to Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

Video: Digital footprint

What you text or post online goes further than your own mob’s Country so be deadly with everything you say and do online.

Let's go on a journey. 

Long time ago in the Dreaming, stories were formed and told the old way, person to person.

These stories have left footprints for generations to follow.

These days, technology has changed the way we share and tell our stories.

[Reads title] Bullying online, shame long time.

Cyberbullying is bullying using phones and online sites.

It can happen to anyone and can leave you feeling unsafe and feeling shame.

Cyberbullying can make you feel alone, outside your friends, family and the mob.

It can split families and communities, and sometime can lead to payback and violence.

What does it look like?

Abusive texts and emails, threats, posting nasty comments, photos and gossip, pretending to be someone else online to stir trouble or bring shame, leaving people out online, blackmail, hate pages.

How do you deal with it?

Don't fight back. No matter how much you want to, as soon as you fight back online, it makes it worse and leaves a bad footprint for you.

Don't post abusive messages. It can get you in trouble with the law.

You can block the person who's doing the bullying.

Change your privacy settings.

Report it and collect the evidence. 

Keep mobile phone messages, emails and online posts.

Talk to someone you trust.

If you see or know about cyberbullying going on, there are things you can do.

Support the person being bullied.

Ask them if they're OK.

Don't forward on messages or pictures if you see them.

Stand up and speak out.

Keep the messages to show a trusted adult or a leader in the community what's going on.

Report and block the bully.

This can be done online and is anonymous.

Under 25? Worried about cyberbullying? You can make a free call to the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

Video: Bullying online. Shame longtime.

Cyberbullying can make you feel alone and stir up trouble. Watch this video and find out what you can do about it and how to get help.

Be Deadly Online: The journey so far

Go behind the scenes and meet the Aboriginal actors and crew who created the Be Deadly Online videos.

Resources for teachers and communities

This page is part of the Be Deadly Online educational resource. The video resources were updated in November 2021.

For lesson plans and other information go to Be Deadly Online: About this resource.

Last updated: 29/03/2023