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

COVID-19 Alert

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) it may take longer than usual to address all reports or enquiries made with our investigation teams.

Please continue to submit reports and we will review them as soon as possible.

If you are worried about your safety or are at risk of harm right now contact police immediately by calling Triple Zero (000).

If you need someone to talk to and are under 25, contact Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800).
For all other ages, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Help in Easy English

Easy to read online safety advice with images to support the key messages.

Being safe online

These resources are for people with low literacy, or with intellectual or cognitive disabilities.

A support person may help the reader to understand the information and make decisions about the advice.

These downloadable booklets:

  • explain one idea per sentence
  • use basic language and grammar
  • use subheadings, bullet points and white space to break up the text
  • use a simple font, layout and design
  • use images that are easily understood and add meaning to the text.

For children and adults

Being safe online

This booklet helps the reader understand how to stay safe online, the concepts of privacy and online friends, and how to get help if something goes wrong. 

For adults

What you can do about image-based abuse

This booklet explains the concept of image-based abuse and how to get help if it happens.

Image-based abuse means sharing or threatening to share an intimate image or video without the consent of the person shown in it.

What you can do about abuse through technology

This booklet explains the concept of technology-facilitated abuse and how to get help if it happens.

Technology-facilitated abuse is behaviour that uses digital technology to harass, monitor, impersonate or threaten someone in order to control, frighten or humiliate them.