What's happening behind the screens?: Cybersmart Outreach

What's happening behind the screens?

Reveal what's happening behind the screens …


Oscar in Year 6 films a friend stacking his skateboard...and uploads it to his social networking page for all to see.

Humiliating others repeatedly online is cyberbullying.


Year 8 student, Shani, sends a photo of herself to her boyfriend...but they break up and he puts the photo online for their friends to see.

Fifteen percent of Australian teens between 13 and 15 have sent a 'sexy' picture of themselves using online technology*.


Josie, in Year 2, uses the computer at home and at school...and somethines finds things she doesn't like.

Of Australian children, 84 percent of boys and 60 percent of girls are accidentally exposed to online pornography*.


Mitch logs onto the internet at 4.00 a.m. ...to play online games with teenagers in Europe.

Excessive internet use or gaming can lead to social and physical problems.


Student Andrew in Year 10 uses his mobile to chat to girls...and collects their text messages and pictures to show his friends.

This can have social and legal consequences for all involved.

Sara sent eight 'friend' requests last week online...but had no one accept her.

Social networking can have a negative impact on some users.

Help your child be safe online

The internet and online technologies, like mobile phones, are incredible tools. They provide an opportunity to communicate, learn, play and be entertained by content from around the world.

Like communicating in the real world, there are risks involved in interacting online. Cyberbullying, identity theft, scams, sexting and inappropriate content are some of the issues that can pose challenges for all young people—from pre-schoolers just starting to use a computer, to more experienced teens.

Knowing how to use online technologies safely, and how to deal with issues, is essential to young people having positive experiences online.

As a parent, you have an important role to play in helping to educate and guide your child online. To assist you, the ACMA’s Cybersmart Outreach program provides free cybersafety presentations and information tailored specifically for parents. Resources can be found at www.cybersmart.gov.au

Cybersafety Outreach Internet Safety Awareness Presentation for parents

This internet safety awareness presentation offers an overview of cybersafety issues focussing on the interests and needs of parents. The presentation runs for around 60 minutes, and is held in your child’s school. It is easy to understand, thorough, non-technical and informative. The presentation gives parents a sound understanding of cybersafety topics and provides advice on how to help children and young people stay safe online.

Presentation at your school

Your child’s school will shortly hold an internet safety awareness presentation for parents. For location and presentation details, please contact your school.

If you are already registered and would like further information about cybersafety or the presentation itself, please visit: www.cybersmart.gov.au


* Click and connect: Young Australians’ use of online social media, ACMA publication – July 2009

For more information contact:
Australian Communications and Media Authority
Cybersmart program
Cybersafety Contact Centre
Telephone: 1800 880 176
Email: cybersafety@acma.gov.au