ThinkUKnow for parents, carers and teachers
ThinkUKnow is a free, evidence-based cyber safety program that provides presentations to Australian parents, carers and teachers and students. It provides information on the technologies young people use, the challenges they may face, and importantly, how they can be overcome. Presentations are delivered face to face or digitally.
The presentations cover topics such as social media reputation management, cyberbullying, ‘sexting’, online grooming, online gaming, inappropriate content, privacy management, identity theft, how to protect your devices, and how to report matters when things go wrong.
The program bridges the knowledge gap between adults and young people so that everyone has an understanding of the roles they play and what they can do if something goes wrong online.
What young people SEE online
- We talk about challenges such as online grooming, ‘sexting’, cyberbullying and inappropriate content.
- What you can do to support young people through online challenges.
- We also explain how to report if something goes wrong.
What young people SAY online
- What you can do to help support young people understand what they say online can be permanent. We call this our ‘digital shadow’.
- This includes talking about being respectful online, thinking before you post, knowing what information is okay to share online.
What young people DO online
- How they use technology to have fun online, such as applications (or apps), websites and social networks.
- How they can handle their digital shadow, including their privacy and relationships online.
ThinkUKnow for students
ThinkUKnow cyber safety sessions for students are available in schools to provide students with important cyber safety education. ThinkUKnow youth sessions are delivered by all state and territory police and cater for Kindergarten to Grade 12.
These sessions provide information that is tailored to the following age groups:
Kindergarten - Year 2 (ages 5 –7)
This tailored session will identify how to stay safe online, who uses the internet, why people use the internet and the importance of not sharing personal details with people online. This education session focuses on adult supervision and will encourage children to speak to an adult before using the internet, use safe searching , along with basic concepts of cyberbullying and what support is available to staying safe online.
Years 3 – 4 (ages 8 – 9)
Students will learn about how the internet is used, why unidentifiable usernames and passwords are essential to maintaining privacy and security and why adult supervision and permission is important before signing up to apps and websites. There will be conversations around online gaming, cyberbullying, respectful language and talking to people online. Along with this, the session will also cover safe searching and what help is available.
Years 5 – 6 (ages 10 – 11)
Students in this age group will have a session building on concepts of technology and online safety. Discussions will be held around usernames, passwords and privacy settings when using websites and apps. Further to this, students will learn about true and false information, safe searching and staying safe while using instant messaging. The presenter will also speak about sharing images or videos and what information can be gathered from these. Online gaming, staying safe when playing online games, cyberbullying and what help is available to students to support them staying safe online will also be discussed.
Years 7 – 8 (ages 12 – 13)
Students in this educational session will have discussions around the benefits of technology, how to keep themselves safe online and the importance of being respectful, along with questioning whether the information found online is reliable. There will be conversations around building skills to deal with challenges online, not giving into peer pressure, making good decisions online and learning from mistakes.
This session will establish how to protect personal information, giving consideration to what photos, videos and content is being shared online along with how social media can impact their futures. Students will learn about cyberbullying and what they can do to minimise bullying, as well as maintaining respectful relationships, sending images and about image-based abuse. The presenter will also talk about meeting people online and staying safe, as well as how to get help and what support services are available.
Years 9 – 10 (ages 14 – 15)
The session will look at the protection of personal information, the importance of password strength, what information is being released when signing up to apps, games and social media. The session will include an in depth look at sharing information, with a concentration on sharing videos, photos and content online and how these components can impact on future employment.
There will be discussions around cyberbullying, the effects of this and legislation. As well as conversations about respectful relationships, meeting people online, sharing images and image-based abuse, this session also covers skills to build resilience and what support services are available to help students.
Years 11 – 12 (ages 16 – 18)
Students attending this session will hold discussions around the challenges faced online, scams, protection of personal information and the importance of strong passwords. There will be a focus on sharing personal information, as well as sharing photos, videos and content online and how this impacts future employment. Discussions around “what does your digital shadow say about you” will ensure students have an understanding of their information being shared and stored on the internet.
The session will similarly focus on cyberbullying, the effects and legislation. Students will learn about respectful relationships, sharing personal images and image-based abuse. As well as meeting people online and how to stay safe, students will also be assured of the support networks and services available to them.
More about our program
The ThinkUknow program for students is designed to educate and promote cyber safety. The adult and youth presentations have been designed to align to ensure adults receive complementary information to assist them in communicating with children and young people about the technology they use.
Presentations are delivered by state and territory police, such as school liaison officers, youth liaison officers and crime prevention officers. Presentations have been designed to be interactive, use real life examples and case studies to generate class discussion. We work with a range of stakeholders including government agencies, non-government organisations and educators to review the program content.