Parents

Office of the eSafety Commissioner

The eSafety Commissioner (OESC) is Australia’s authority for all online matters.

The eSafety Commissioner’s most recent blog, COVID-19: an online safety kit for parents and carers has links to good resources. So too does the COVID-19: keeping schools and learning safe online blog which includes tips on using social media and online collaboration platforms. Our Commissioner has also penned two open letters to Australia’s school principals and teachers and Australian’s parents and carers.
 
The eSafety Commissioner works with schools, state government and local law enforcement to ensure positive outcomes are actualised for all children involved. 

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The following sections are managed and updated constantly by the eSafety Commissioner’s Office. However if your child is being threatened, or physically at risk contact ‘000’ and for counselling services contact kidshelpline.com.au or 1800 55 1800.

eSafety’s parent guides

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner offers free parent sessions over the year which you can do from the comfort of you own home. Sessions run 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Keep an eye out here or school parent groups 50+ can be arranaged through your school champion:

                https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/webinars

Topics offered in 2021:

  • eSafety’s parent guide to online gaming
  • eSafety’s parent guide to popular apps
  • Helping kids thrive online  (ages 5-12)
  • My house, my rules (30min)
  • Tech, Teens and time online (regarding ages 12-18)

eSafety’s parent guide to 

cyberbullying and online drama

  • Tuesday 9 February 7.30 to 8.30 pm
  • Wednesday 10 February 12.30 to 1.30 pm
  • Wednesday 10 February 7.30 to 8.30 pm
  • Monday 15 February 12.30 to 1.30 pm
  • Monday 22 March 12.30 to 1.30 pm
 
These sessions cover starting conversations with your child, understanding the laws and expectations as well as how to access help.
 

Anglican Schools Commission

Cyber Bytes has moved to a more frequent Newsletter Format sent to schools Online Safety Champions. The new formatted news letters contain sections for:

  • Parents 
  • Primary Students 
  • Middle School 
  • Senior School 
  • Champions (School Chmapions of change) 
 
After content has been distributed to schools it will be posted in the Anglicancsaw blog – Online Safety Updates  (here) or accessible through the front page  of the website.

The Anglican Schools Commission”s Online Safety Advocate participates in the Trusted eSafety Providers overviewed by Australia’s eSafety Commissioner to ensure quality online safety education and who have had their online safety content endorsed by eSafety Commissioner’s Office.


Anglican Schools Commission Parental AIDE Sessions

Parent AIDE Sessions 2021

Started in 2018 the Anglican Schools Commission offers two types of school parental sessions covering up-to-date cyber safety issues affecting their children. The program is designed to assist parents to tackle complex issues using the AIDE Principle: Applications, Internet, Devices, Engage and Educate your child! 

The AIDE Principle session is followed up with Parental Q & A session 2 to 3 weeks after the main presentation. 

These can be tailored to fit the school’s needs, for example holding drop in sessions with your child’s device!  

We need a community response to a community issue! 

The Online Safety Guide has been produced in multiple languages by the eSafety Commisioner.

Participating Anglican Schools have a Online Safety Champion to represent their school in the Anglican Schools Commission Online Safety Champion Network. Champions are nominated by each school because they fulfil important roles in driving each school’s online safety quality improvement agenda and efforts (such as eSmart Schools planning, implementing and sustaining). Speak to your schools Administration and find out who your school’s Cyber Safet Champion is today!

Government Scources

eSafety Commissioner

Qld Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Advice for families and individuals

Scamwatch

Support Services

Identity Theft Support

Kidshelpline

Headspace

Parentline

Lifeline

Beyondblue

Reachout

Raising Children Network

Additional Sources

Australia's key research body into family wellbeing

Online Safety

Online Safety

Online Safety

NZ Online Safety

Cyberbullying

ASC Online Safety Upates