For parents and carers

Resources to support learning from home

This page has been created to support parents and carers throughout COVID-19

Children and young people are expected to spend more time online during COVID-19, including staying connected to friends and family, playing games or for online learning.

Now more than ever, it is important parents and carers remain aware of potential challenges, and equip themselves with the tools needed to protect their children from online child sexual exploitation.

Education is critical for prevention and keeping children safe online.

By understanding what young people SEE, SAY and DO online and the challenges they may face, parents and carers are more equipped to help their children navigate some of these issues and know what to do if their child needs help.

What is online child sexual exploitation?

Online child sexual exploitation is a form of online child sexual abuse, including the production and sharing of child sexual abuse material online, where some form of remuneration is involved or whereby perpetrators and/or facilitators benefit in some manner, e.g. monetarily, socially or politically.

Children and young people may experience challenges online relating to online child sexual exploitation including unwanted contact, online grooming, personal image sharing or self-generated content and image-based abuse (sexual extortion).

Home learning activities

These activities have been designed for parents and carers to do with their children so that everyone can learn together about online safety and ways to prevent online child sexual exploitation.

7 Day Family Online Safety Challenge

The challenge involves a simple daily task for parents and carers to complete, to help kick-start their journey in helping protect their children. The tasks include reviewing privacy settings, researching the apps and games their children use and creating an online family safety contract.

Family Bingo

Family bingo is a series of fun online and offline activities families can do together. Co-created with the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation, it can be completed over a week or a weekend, depending on what works best for your family. The activities include watching a livestream of a zoo or aquarium, and our Stay Safe Online Activity Book and home learning activities.

Note: To ensure these are age appropriate, the subject matter of online child sexual exploitation is not explicitly referenced for speaking to children, and is instead addressed by encouraging children to consider online situations and challenges that may occur. For older children, we can be clearer about the issues we are talking about.

As parents and carers, you know your children best, and should use your discretion when deciding how best to have conversations.

The activities are segmented into recommended age groups from ages 5 – 14 years old. However, if your child is already showing a more advanced understanding of the issues, consider using activities for the next age group to extend their learning.

Other resources

Family Online Safety Contract

SOS Guide to Online Safety

Factsheet: Online Grooming

Factsheet: Sharing Personal Sexual Content

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