Learn more about your online rights and responsibilities
- Privacy. You have the right to protect your personal information and privacy. All social networking sites allow you to restrict your privacy settings. You can further protect your privacy by ensuring your passwords are strong and you change them frequently. Your mobile devices also allow you to control and set privacy settings for your location based services, so that your whereabouts are protected.
- Protection and safety. You have a right to protect yourself online and ensure your personal information is secure. You can do this by adjusting your privacy settings. Another way to ensure that you exercise your right to protection and safety is to make sure you don’t publish personal information such as your school name, home address or telephone number online. It is also useful to know how to effectively deal with unwanted contact, identity theft, and cyberbullying.
- Ability to report offensive or threatening content and behaviour. If you come across websites or other material that is offensive, obscene or illegal, there are some easy ways to handle it. If you think content may be illegal, report it to the ACMA’s online hotline. If you come across offensive or threatening content on a social networking site, remember that most of these sites have a “report abuse” button that you can click and report the behaviour.
- Education. We all have the right to educate ourselves and those close to us on how to stay safe online. Cybersmart provides free and accessible cybersafety resources for families and schools. You can also download the free Cybersafety Help button to your computer desktop or mobile device to easily access useful cybersafety information and assistance whenever you need it.
- Respect and protect yourself and others. If a friend or someone close to you is experiencing cyberbullying, trolling, unwanted contact or sexting, encourage them to report it and seek support by talking to a trusted adult or by contacting the Kids Helpline or Cybersmart Online Helpline Service.
- Keep a balance. Playing games online and using consoles or games on a computer is great fun, but you to need to be careful how much you play and who you play with. Too much gaming can affect your school or social life. And if you chat with other gamers, you need to protect your privacy and keep your personal or private information to yourself. Find out more about keeping a balance.
- Protect your digital reputation. Your digital reputation is defined by your behaviours in the online environment and by the content that you post about yourself and others. A poor digital reputation can affect your friendships, relationships and even your job prospects - so protect your digital reputation.