Staying safe online

A guide for students to staying safe online, and how to respond to online bullying.

Online bullying

Online bullying – or cyberbullying – means using technology like the internet or mobile devices to bully someone. It might include:

  • sending abusive texts and emails
  • posting unkind messages or images
  • imitating others online
  • excluding others online
  • tagging people in pictures against their wishes
  • threatening another person to do something such as sending revealing images.

What should I do if I’m bullied online?

  • Stay calm.
  • Don’t respond when you're angry or upset.
  • Tell someone: a parent or carer, relative, adult friend, teacher or the school’s counsellor or psychologist. Ask for advice.
  • If you want to talk to someone other than your school or your family you can contact Kids Helpline. You can call them for free on 1800 551 800.

How do I report it?

  • Keep records of calls or messages that are offensive or hurtful.
  • Report serious online bullying to The eSafety Commissioner
  • Call the police if you are physically threatened.

How can I protect myself on the phone?

To stay safe, remember to:

  • only give your phone number to people you know and trust
  • keep your phone away from people who shouldn't have your number
  • use caller ID blocking to hide your number when you call others
  • consider whether your messages or calls are appropriate
  • always check the privacy settings on your phone.

How can I protect myself on social media?

To stay safe, remember to:

  • regularly check and re-set the privacy settings on your social network profiles
  • only share your personal information with people you know and trust
  • be careful when posting images – they could be shared in public places
  • never share your passwords with anyone.

Further information to help young people stay safe online is available at eSafety youngpeople.

Access wellbeing support

It is important to look after your own wellbeing. For more information visit mental health resources and wellbeing services.


  • Student management and wellbeing


  • Bullying
  • Wellbeing
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