Online privacy and your child

Recent research shows that 12% of young people (10 to 14 years of age) share personal information online.

Father sharing technology with child

The internet and technology are essential parts of young people’s lives and as digital natives, their thoughts and opinions about privacy and safety can be quite different to ours. An understanding of the risks, along with a few simple strategies, can go a long way toward making the internet a safer place for your children.

Know the risks

If your child shares personal information online such as their phone number, address or location, you would be understandably worried. There are other types of sharing to be aware of too. Pictures shared online can easily spread further than intended. If sharing pictures of your child, be aware of identifying factors such as school names on uniforms or sporting club locations. This type of information could lead to scams, spam, fraud and even identity theft. 

Protecting your child's privacy

Protecting your child's (and your) privacy isn't always going to be easy. but there are steps you can take to promote online safety. And remember, no one should be afraid to ask for help.

Get involved in their digital habits

Get involved in your children

Understand how your children are using technology and the internet and explore the privacy settings of devices, apps and websites together. Don't know where to start? Explore the eSafety Guide for tips.

Be a role model for good privacy practices

Sharing online behaviour

Set strong passwords and think twice before sharing or tagging photos. If you see images of you or your children online that concern you, ask that they are removed.

Share age-appropriate advice with your children

Toddlers (2 - 5 years of age) | start building good habits by:

  • using manners offline and on;
  • making sure they're aware of what's being shared eg "I'm sharing this with Auntie Sarah";
  • and setting boundaries and limits on screentime.

Children (6 - 17 years of age) | Responsible digital citizenship includes:

  • not sharing personal information unnecessarily;
  • building and using strong passwords;
  • and knowing how digital reputations are built and remains online.

bCyberwise

Recommend your school books our bCyberwise module, and help teach children aged 8-11 about: 

  • respectful behaviour online;
  • online privacy and safety;
  • and managing cyberbullying.

24/7 help and support

Parentline | support and guidance for parents
Kids Helpline | telephone and online support for kids and teenagers?
eheadspace: online chat for young people (12 to 25)