Cybersafety

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Tips and Advice

eSmart

Online Bullying

Privacy and Reporting

Financial Services and Scams

Children and Teenagers

Chinese Cyber Safety Websites

The Internet is an excellent place to access information and share news of your own, but there are also plenty of risks. Have you experienced cyberbullying? Do you know when not to click on a link or advertisement? Are your passwords strong and secure?

Tips and Advice

  1. Consider your safety before 'checking in' or using location based services.
  2. Regularly update your privacy settings, including your passwords.
  3. Don't believe everything you read online. If you're unsure, check with staff or another family member.
  4. Stop and think before sharing personal or financial information.
  5. Only open attachments or follow links from trusted sources.
  6. If you experience cyberbullying, take a screenshot as evidence before blocking that person and reporting the incident immediately to staff, family or police.

StaySmartOnline: The Australian Government's website to help everyone understand the risks and simple steps we can take to protect our personal and financial information online.

eSmart

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eSmart Libraries: A framework for libraries to ensure that all services are promoting safe, smart and responsible use of technology. Monash Public Library Service supports this initiative and is currently implementing new tools and processes.

eSmart Schools: A framework for schools to improve cybersafety and reduce bullying.

Online Bullying

eSafety: The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner leads online safety education for the Australian Government, helping to protect children against cyberbullying and administering a complaints scheme.

Bullying. No way! Created by Australia’s educational communities, this site aims to provide an information sharing resource and includes information on legislation, policies/procedures and support services. 

Kids Help Line:  Free, confidential and anonymous, 24-hour telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25 years. Website includes comprehensive “Infosheets” on topics including Bullying, Eating Disorders & Drug and Alcohol use.

Privacy and Reporting

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC): Provides information on how The Privacy Act protects personal information. Includes information pages on IT and Internet issues.

Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA): Accepts direct complaints from Australian residents about online content they believe is prohibited by law (including spam).

Financial Services and Scams

Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN): Provides advice on how to recognise and avoid cybercrimes. Report suspected crimes here.

Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC): Regulates Australia’s corporate, markets and financial services. Provides information on who to contact for complaints regarding any aspect of a financial service or product such as superannuation, managed funds, financial advice, insurance, credit or deposit accounts.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission(ACCC): Ensures that individuals and businesses comply with the Commonwealth competition, fair trading and consumer protection laws. Provides information for consumers on legislation and making a complaint.

Scamwatch: Provides information on known scams and how to lodge complaints. 

Snopes: An informal “urban legend” site including information on rumours and scams.

Children and Teenagers

CyberSmart: Resources by age group from young kids to teens. Includes smart internet surfing, chatting and emailing.

Recommended Chinese Cyber Safety Websites

Recommended Chinese Cyber Safety Websites (PDF, 371KB)

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Last updated: 14 October 2016