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Safer Internet day for educators

How your school or early learning service can be an online safety champion.

On Safer Internet Day, millions of people around the world unite to raise awareness about online safety issues and inspire positive change. So it’s a great opportunity to kickstart your own online safety initiatives for 2020!

You can use eSafety’s ideas and resources to help improve the online safety of your students or young children and your community, not just on Safer Internet Day but every day of the year.

Where to start

There are lots of ways your school or early learning service can be an online safety champion on Safer Internet Day, 11 February 2020.

Follow these steps to get started.

1. Register support

1. Register your support

We’re looking for schools and early learning services to become our Safer Internet Day champions and help us create a better internet for everyone.

Register now

2. Download resources

2. Download Safer Internet Day resources

Get your students, young children and community talking about ways to improve online safety! 

Use the downloadable resources in the Safer Internet Day promotion kit, including newsletter articles to send to parents, graphics to post through your social media channels and posters to put up around your school and community.

Make sure you register as a Safer Internet Day champion, so we can let you know as soon as new resources are available.

Promotion kit includes:

  • NEW! Social media images for sharing
  • NEW! Conversation starter cards - for kids and adults 
  • NEW! Conversation starter cards - for young people
  • Promotion kit instructions *updated
  • Customisable Safer Internet Day logo and guidelines 
  • Event posters to print and display around your school and community 
  • Tip bubble for displaying and sharing your own online safety suggestions 
  • Top tips for online safety – for kids
  • Top tips for online safety – for young people 
  • Newsletter article – for primary schools and early learning services 
  • Newsletter article – for secondary schools  
  • Organisation logo template for eSafety Champions page 
  • Web banner for display on your website or e-newsletters 
  • Email signature
  • Desktop wallpaper
  • PowerPoint slide


Download all resources

3. Plan a celebration

3. Plan a celebration

Celebrate Safer Internet Day using one of our suggested activities, or brainstorm your own!

  • Ask your students or young children to design a Safer Internet Day festival for your school or early learning service. Invite the community and write about it in your newsletter.
  • Organise a morning tea and use the conversation starter cards in the Promotion kit to talk about online safety in your school community.
  • Celebrate and appreciate your students’ efforts in keeping their community safer online, at assembly and in the newsletter. 
  • If your school or service is holding a parent information night at the start of the year, let them know about Safer Internet Day and the online safety advice and support at esafety.gov.au
  • Use one of the event posters in the promotion kit around your school or community to help promote your Safer Internet Day activities.
4. Teach a lesson

4. Teach an online safety lesson

eSafety has a range of award-winning videos and other education resources for all ages. You can use them on Safer Internet Day and right throughout the year.

Early learning services

eSafety’s new Early Years program supports children under 5, their parents, carers and early childhood educators. It includes simple messages to help young children develop online safety awareness and habits they can take to school and beyond: be safe, be kind, ask for help and make good choices. You can share the new resources with parents and carers: a family tech agreement, advice for choosing good online content and a lots of other handy information. Throughout 2020, eSafety Early Years will be adding professional learning modules and teaching and learning resources for early childhood educators.

Classroom activities – primary and secondary

  • Take a deep dive with the eSafety Education resources – kick off an online safety unit of work starting on Safer Internet Day.
  • Teach a lesson using our new slide decks ‘Making good choices online.’ 
  • Use the conversation starter activity in the Promotion Kit to get your class talking about online issues and ways to stay safer online – you could even set a homework task for students to play the game with their family (Coming soon).
  • Play The Lost Summer online safety video game.
  • Encourage students to become positive leaders with The YeS Project, a workshop-based digital and social health program.
  • Use eSafety’s Kids or Young People pages to guide students through issues such as online bullying, catfishing and gaming.
  • Find out more about the latest apps and games your students are using with The eSafety Guide.

Virtual classrooms – upper primary

Each year on Safer Internet Day, we host a Virtual Classroom for Australian schools. 

In 2020, ‘Keeping safe in the game’ will explore skills that enable students to create safer gaming environments, including: 

  • balancing time online
  • dealing with abuse and cyberbullying
  • managing in-app purchases
  • accessing help and support. 
  • The Virtual Classrooms are suitable for Years 4, 5 and 6.

Register your school for a Virtual Classroom at eSafety Education

5. Share on social

5. Share on social

Help start the chat about online safety by raising awareness and sharing your Safer Internet Day support across social media.

START NOW, to get the conversation trending by 11 February! 

Remember to follow our guide for schools, to ensure you keep the privacy of your students and young children safe.

Here’s how…


Re-share an eSafety post 

  1. To help start the chat online about Safer Internet Day please share, like and comment on our posts
  2. Make sure you add #eSafetySID and tag us @eSafetyOffice.


Use our template to share an online safety tip 

  1. Download our template, print on A4 or A3 paper and add your online safety tip.
  2. Take a photo of yourself/student/class holding your tip.
  3. Share on the social account of your school or early learning service. 
  4. Remember to add the hashtag #eSafetySID and #SID2020 so we can share your posts too!  




Share your own posts

  1. Join the discussion online by sharing your own posts of support on your social platforms.
  2. Use the suggested text below or create your own. 
  3. Remember to add the hashtag #eSafetySID and #SID2020 so we can share your posts too! 
  4. Download social tiles and suggested copy below.


Download all resources



Join the Champions wall of honour 


If you would like the logo of your school or service to appear on the Champions wall of honour on the eSafety website:

  1. Download our social tile and insert your logo.
  2. Share on your school’s social accounts with a short description of what you’re doing to support Safer Internet Day – this must be 15 words or less.
  3. Make sure you add #SID2020champion and tag @eSafetyOffice in the text, so we can find and share your post.


Champion logo templates

6. Encourage parents

6. Encourage parents to join in

Your school or early learning service can play an important role in educating parents, carers and the wider community about making every day a Safer Internet Day.

One of the most effective ways to spread the message is to encourage parents to start family conversations about online safety.

Let parents know they can join one of eSafety’s free Safer Internet Day families webinars.

Learn more


  • Use or adapt the newsletter article in the Promotion Kit, to let parents know about Safer Internet Day and the advice and resources on our Safer Internet Day families page.
  • Invite parents and community leaders to a Safer Internet Day celebration.
  • Get your students or young children to take home tip bubbles or play a game using the conversation starter activity with their families. 
  • Encourage parents to explore the advice and resources available all year round on the eSafety Parents pages at our online safety hub, including the new eSafety Family Tech Agreement.