Cybersafety in schools

The Australian Government recognises student wellbeing and safety are essential for academic and social development. All students should be able to learn and develop in safe, supportive and respectful environments. Australian schools, families and communities all have a responsibility to provide safe online environments and teach children how to use technology in positive and productive ways.

The Department of Education works closely with the Department of Communications, which has primary responsibility for Cybersafety matters along with the Australian Communications and Media Authority to ensure evidence-based cybersafety education is available to all Australian schools for all members of the school community.

The following resources provide information for students, teachers, parents and the broader community about creating safe online and offline environments.

The Student Wellbeing Hub

The Student Wellbeing Hub is a one-stop shop for information and resources underpinned by the National Safe Schools Framework. The Hub assists school communities to nurture student responsibility and resilience, build a positive school culture, foster respectful relationships and support students who are impacted by anti-social behaviour. It offers current advice, curriculum-aligned and age-appropriate resources for educators, parents and teachers to build understanding of issues related to the safety of students as they navigate the digital world including:

  • safe and respectful online interactions
  • digital citizenship
  • cyberbullying
  • eSafety and health
  • managing online activities

Bullying No Way!

Bullying No Way! is an educational website for Australian school communities and the general public. As well as providing information for individuals, the website provides online curriculum and other resources to support the bullying prevention work of schools. Cybersafety resources and information aimed at children, parents and teachers are provided on the website.

The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner 

The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner  is a one stop shop for online safety. The Office provides Australians with a range of up-to-date information and resources, coupled with a comprehensive complaints scheme to assist children and young people who experience serious cyberbullying.

  • As a general rule, a person can make a complaint to the Commissioner where they believe a person under the age of 18 is (or was) the target of cyberbullying material and: the material is provided on a social media service
  • a reasonable person would think the material was intended to have a negative effect on the young person 
  • the material was intended to have a seriously threatening, seriously intimidating, seriously harassing or seriously humiliating effect on an Australian person under the age of 18. The Commissioner only needs to be satisfied that the material is likely to have one or more of these effects.

Complaints can be made using the online cyberbullying complaint form  on the Office’s website.