About our SID activities
Australia’s eSafety Commissioner supports Safer Internet Day each year with a national campaign, culminating in a special event. The campaign includes tailored resources and activities for parents, carers, educators, businesses and community organistions. Resources include dedicated website pages, online safety tips, Parent Webinars, Virtual Classrooms and promotional materials to help spread the word about Safer Internet Day.
eSafety collaborates with Australia's largest companies, providing online safety information and resources to help them promote Safer Internet Day through their networks.
The SID campaign also generates significant media and social media coverage, raising awareness about online safety and helping Australians know where to go for support and advice about being safer online.
What we are doing to support the SID 2021 theme of "Together for a better internet"…
This year we are tying in our eSafety theme with Safer Internet Day and asking people to #StartTheChat to help make the internet better for everyone. We all have a part to play and we are encouraging all Australians to start the chat about online safety at home, school, work and in their community - on Safer Internet Day and every day.
This Safer Internet Day, 9 February 2021, we will also be launching a set of resources for children under five. eSafety's illustrated storybook ‘Swoosh, Glide and Rule Number 5’ and ‘The Family Rules Song' help young children learn about online safety in a fun and engaging way. With kids as young as two years old now having access to the internet, it is never too early to start the chat about online safety.
What we do
The eSafety Commissioner is committed to empowering all Australians to have safer, more positive experiences online. The Office was established in 2015 with a mandate to coordinate and lead the online safety efforts across government, industry and the not-forprofit community.
All our resources and services are underpinned by evidence-based research into internet use, online safety, e-security and related issues. We engage stakeholders with diverse experience and knowledge, including the eSafety Advisory Committee, to inform our work and the development of proactive strategies and solutions to keep Australians safer online.
Our citizen services
Cyberbullying reporting scheme One of the major functions of the Office involves operating a world-first reporting scheme to deal with serious cyberbullying affecting Australian children. We serve as a safety net for young people who have not been able to find a resolution through a social network's reporting tools. By working closely with social media services, we help remove harmful material, achieving relief for young Australians and their families.
CyberReport tool for illegal content
The CyberReport team is Australia's first line of defence against illegal online content. Taking reports from members of the Australian public and law enforcement, the team seeks out, analyses and prioritises take-down of child sexual abuse material (CSAM). CyberReport supports the work of Federal, State and Territory police, while also assisting the global effort to remove CSAM through the International Association of Internet Hotlines (INHOPE). Key to the team's success is close collaboration with internet, technology and payment industries, and law enforcement.
Image-based abuse portal and reporting tool
The Office is taking a lead on tackling image-based abuse in Australia. Our image-based abuse online portal provides tangible support for Australians who have had their intimate images or videos shared without their consent. The image-based abuse portal delivers practical advice and resources to help victims manage the impacts of image-based abuse including information on how to report images and request takedowns, a reporting tool and quick links to support services.