Inappropriate or harmful content
Not all websites are suitable for kids and teens. Some contain inappropriate content that may be sexually explicit, violent, prohibited or even illegal.
Prevent kids and teens from inadvertently or intentionally accessing inappropriate content
There are a number of ways to protect children online. Using a combination of techniques is often the most effective way. These can include:
- Use internet content filters, which are available from your ISP, because they can:
- recognise offensive web content and restrict access to it
- be individually set for different members of your family
- set time limits for online use
- help you monitor the online activities of your family members.
- Discuss the kinds of sites that are okay to explore, and those that aren't. Let your kids and teens know that not all websites are suitable for them.
- Explore the internet together and bookmark websites for them that you have approved.
- Talk to your kids about the risks. Encourage them to come to you if they see anything inappropriate online and let them know that their internet privileges will not be taken away if they do.
- Encourage the use of computers and mobile devices in a common area, like the family room or the kitchen to make it easier to monitor use of the internet.
- Install the Cybersafety Help Button on all personal computers and devices.
The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner provides resources and practical advice for parents, guardians, teachers and children to help them safely navigate the online world.
Where to get help
Online safety information targeted to young people
- Cybersafety Help Button
- Children's eSafety Commissioner - 1800 880 176
- Games, apps and social networking.
Report offensive, illegal or prohibited content to the Children's eSafety Commissioner
A full list of useful contacts can be found on the Contact us page.