Education on Cybersafety | Hastings Secondary College
Tips for Teens
- Think before you post.
- Make sure you don't put any key personal information on your profile. This includes phone numbers, personal email address, home address.
- Use privacy settings and learn how to make your profile private, so only people you accept as friends can see what you are posting.
- It's still public. Even if your profile is private you can't control what your friends do with the information you post. It's important to guard your privacy - don't post information or photos that you wouldn't want anyone else to see.
- Remember not everyone is who they claim to be.
- Keep your online friends online. If someone wants to meet someone that you haven't met so far in person, seek advise from a parent or another trusted adult.
- Say no! Free offers are usually too good to be true and can end up costing a great deal.
- Be considerate. Only post comments you would be happy to receive yourself.
- Don't respond if someone sends you unkind or bullying messages or asks you to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable. Instead, tell your parents or another adult you can trust.
- Stand up and speak out. If you see or know about cyberbullying happening to a friend, it's important to support them and report the bullying.
Think U Know - The program is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank, and is delivered with the New South Wales Police Force.
School A to Z (NSW Education and Community site with practical help for parents
Lifeline (Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention)
Bullying. No way! (A useful anti-bullying website for parents and students)
Bully Stoppers (Anti-bullying website for parents, students and teachers)
Headspace (National Youth Mental Health Foundation)
Facts about Grief and Suicide (Fact sheets from Headspace)
Kids Help Line (Help line set up for children and teens to seek assistance)
Reach Out! (Online mental health service)
Raising Children Network (Australian Parenting Website)
Youth Beyond Blue (Youth Anxiety and Depression Help)
Wellbeing Australia (Health and Wellbeing Organisation, specialising in education)