Libraries and library workers

Libraries are important information hubs for all Australians, and are great places for people to find out about online safety.

eSafety offers resources through its website, as well as free community presentations on digital technology and online safety issues that would be suitable for delivery in a library context. 

Free presentations for libraries

Improving the digital skills and confidence of older Australians.

eSafety is hosting a line-up of free online educational presentations for older Australians, as part of the Be Connected initiative. Topics include how to use government websites, staying safe on Facebook, how to avoid scams and safer online shopping and banking. 

We are looking for libraries to get involved by hosting an event to stream these online presentations to your members.

We have a toolkit you can use to promote these sessions via your own channels including websites, social media and newsletters.

For an outline of the presentations running and how to register visit:

Young Mentors

The Young Mentors program is a one-on-one, self-paced digital mentoring program which brings together older Australians and secondary school students to share skills and knowledge.

The program provides an opportunity for older participants to build confidence in using digital technology, which can create a greater sense of independence, provide greater access to services and also reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.

Students can share their digital skills and knowledge, as well as develop greater communication and problem solving abilities, while making an important social contribution.

This program has been developed by eSafety as part of the Be Connected initiative. Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative developed to increase the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians.

Find out more

Greg, Aged & Disability Services librarian

“The program is a win-win. We are helping the community…and the students get a lot out of it," says Greg, an aged and disability services librarian.

Henry, older learner

The skills this older learner gained through the one-on-one program, allowed him to safely use his smartphone despite hearing and sight difficulties.

eSafety resources for libraries

The eSafety website brings together a wealth of useful information to help Australians have safe enjoyable experiences online, specially designed for: 

  • kids fun activities and simple advice  
  • young people help and advice for teenagers and young adults 
  • educators classroom resources and programs to assist teachers, schools and community groups in guiding students to become responsible digital citizens 
  • parents and carers: tips to help their children safely navigate the online world 
  • women: tools to help women protect themselves from risks around technology-facilitated abuse and be more confident online 
  • seniors: advice to increase the digital skills, confidence and safety of those with limited digital literacy 

The website also provides advice about specific online safety issues including: 

Explore the latest eSafety research and statistics on online safety.