Internet child safety
The Internet is popular with today's youth, providing an important research, information and communication tool. The Internet offers children the opportunity to meet and chat with people from all over the world. Unfortunately however, many of the risks that children face in the real world also exist in the online environment, particularly in chat rooms and other virtual meeting places.
Child sex offenders regularly use the Internet, particularly chat sites and sites of interest to young people, to gain access to children. The Internet gives them the opportunity to befriend children and gain their confidence without having to physically confront them. For this reason, police officers pose as children and enter online environments to identify people who use the Internet to sexually abuse and exploit children.
How to report suspicious online behaviour
Report suspicious online behaviour that you think involves the sexual grooming, abuse or exploitation of children, by calling
Police on 131 444
Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
Report online (anonymously if you wish) through the Safe2Say portal:
Tips for parents
Police encourage people to protect themselves and their children online. It is extremely important that you, as a parent, know what your child is doing online and who they are communicating with, just as you would in the real world.
Be aware of online stranger danger, set and monitor house rules about which sites your children can visit and what information they can give out.
Please take the time to teach your child these cyber safety tips.
The Constable Care Child Safety Foundation, through its theatre in education programs, teaches primary and secondary school children about internet safety behaviours.