Internet Safety Tips

We are committed to raising awareness around online safety through its participation in the eSmart Libraries program. The Alannah & Madeline Foundation and the Telstra Foundation formed a partnership in 2012 to develop and implement eSmart Libraries - one of Australia’s most significant community cyber safety initiatives.

Here you can access resources on how to be safe, smart and responsible online.

  • Australian Cyber Security Centre

    The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) provides advice and information for families, business and government agencies on how to stay safe online, and provides support for victims of cybercrimes such as online image abuse, online shopping fraud, romance fraud, identity theft, email compromise and ransomware.

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  • Be Internet Awesome

    To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence. It also includes free downloads for teachers to help teach digital safety in the classroom.

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  • Common Sense Media

    Common Sense Media rates apps and websites in the same way as books and movies. Each is given a traditional rating from G to R and a second rating based on educational value.

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  • eSafety

    The Australian Government's eSafety website provides advice on protecting children from online abuse, managing screen time and setting age-appropriate boundaries, and how to talk to your child about tricky subjects like sexting, pornography and video game violence.

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  • Kids Help Line

    Connecting with family and friends online can be fun and exciting, but it also comes with some risks. Find out what these are and what you can do to stay safe online.

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  • Scamwatch

    Scamwatch is run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.

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  • The Little Black Book of Scams

    A pocket-sized guide so you can spot, avoid, and protect yourself against scams, brought to you by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Copies are available to download in English, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Macedonian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

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  • Think U Know

    Focusing on online safety for teenagers. Two sections (parents and 11-17 years) includes managing digital reputation and healthy online relationships.

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  • eSmart

    Discover more cyber and digital literacy on the eSmart website, developed by the Alannah & Madeline Foundation in partnership with Telstra Foundation.

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Reporting Online Incidents

If you feel that you've become a victim of a cybercrime or are experiencing a cybersafety issue, our librarians can provide assistance or refer you to the appropriate agency. If the matter is serious, the following list of contacts that may be useful.

Cybercrime

Are you the victim of a cybercrime? Report it here.
Cybercrimes can include online image abuse, online shopping fraud, romance fraud, identity theft, email compromise, internet fraud, ransomware or malware.

Internet banking fraud

Contact your bank for advice on whether to report in person to local Police.

Tax-related scams

Report tax-related scams to the Australian Taxation Office.

Online Child Exploitation

Report serious breaches of child safety to the Australian Federal Police via their online child protection form.

Spam

Report spams and unwanted calls or emails to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.