Scouts Australia places the highest priority on safety in all areas of our young members' lives, including the online world where young people may not understand or be fully aware of the risks associated with social networking and the internet as a whole. Check out the online resources listed here for more info on how to be safe online.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has developed a Cybersmart website as part of the Australian Government's cyber-safety program. This site contains activities, resources and practical advice to help young kids, kids, teens and parents safely enjoy the online world, as well as training and resources for schools and materials for library staff.
ThinkUKnow is an Internet safety program delivering interactive training to parents, carers and teachers throughout Australia. The ThinkUKnow website contains comprehensive information on cyber-safety issues, and is constantly being updated as new issues emerge.
Created by the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, ThinkUKnow Australia has been developed by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Microsoft Australia.
Stay Smart Online is the Government's cyber security website designed to help Australians understand cyber security risks and educate home and small business users on the simple steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information online. The website is hosted by the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and has received input and support from a range of other Australian Government agencies which have related responsibilities.
When it comes to cyber-safety, everybody needs to know how to stay safe online at all times. Telstra's comprehensive cyber-safety website will provide you with some of the tools you'll need to help you to stay safe online - no matter what your age, online interests or skill level.
Facebook has developed a ‘Safety Centre’ which offers advice to users about general internet safety, as well as specific advice on issues of particular concern to parents, teenagers, educators and law enforcement officials. The Safety Centre provides users with options for dealing with and reporting suspected sexual predators, cyber-bullies, offensive, inappropriate and abusive behaviour, and suicidal content.
Facebook has also developed a Safety Page to complement its Safety Centre. You can "Like" the page to be regularly updated with content - including tips from Facebook's Safety Advisory Board and other experts - to keep you and your family safe while using Facebook or surfing the internet.
Stay safe! There is no legitimate place in our society for bullies and sexual predators; however, it is important to recognise that they do exist and to know how to deal with the risks.