Online safety for grandparents and carers

Children are online before we know it!

Using computers and other internet connected devices can be a great way for kids to play, learn and socialise – but there are also risks. 

As a grandparent or carer, you have an important role to play in protecting the online safety of the children in your life. But knowing how to help them can be tricky, especially if you are not a tech expert. So this free book makes it easier for you. 

'Online safety for grandparents and carers' covers key advice about online safety issues that can affect children and young people. It includes a range of practical tips, to help you talk about issues and manage them.

You will find information on many topics, from setting up devices safely right through to managing time online, dealing with cyberbullying and preventing unsafe contact from strangers.

There is also a section about online gaming and social media use, with a handy guide to some of the most popular sites and apps.

Still stuck for answers?

At the end of the book there’s a list of important services and resources that will help you look after your grandchild’s online safety and improve your own digital skills — whether you are just starting out online or you are a more advanced internet user.

Read your own copy later

Download the book

A copy of this book can be dowloaded to your own computer or device, so you can read it offline when you have no internet connection. You can even print it yourself, from the file.

Just click on this file link to download the book:


Order the book

The book is also available as a printed hardcopy, free of charge to Australian residents. Click on the 'ORDER NOW' button below and fill out your details on the email that appears, then we will send it to you.

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Learn more

Would you like to improve your digital skills and learn how to get the most out of your mobile, tablet or computer? 

Learn at your own pace with our free Be Connected courses, or find face-to-face help from a Be Connected network partner in your local area.

This resource 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.