NSW Department of Education
Tips and advice

Keeping my child safe online

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For parents
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Key message

Advice on responding to and protecting children from online bullying and cyberbullying

Online bullying – or cyberbullying – is engaging in bullying behaviour using technology such as the internet or mobile devices.

Online bullying is different from other forms of bullying:

  • It is more likely to happen outside school.
  • Harmful material can be shared quickly and long after the first incident.
  • It can happen anytime, day or night.
  • It is more difficult for children to defend themselves or get away.

The NSW Department of Education has developed the Anti-Bullying website to give advice to parents about cyberbullying.

Curriculum and syllabus links


  • PD2-2 Explains and uses strategies to develop resilience and to make them feel comfortable and safe
  • PD2-3 Explains how empathy, inclusion and respect can positively influence relationships
  • PD2-9 Demonstrates self-management skills to respond to their own and others' actions
  • PD2-10 Demonstrates a range of interpersonal skills that build and enhance relationships and promote inclusion in various situations


  • PD3-2 Investigates information, community resources and strategies to demonstrate resilience and seek help for themselves and others
  • PD3-3 Evaluates the impact of empathy, inclusion and respect on themselves and others
  • PD3-9 Applies and adapts self-management skills to respond to personal and group situations
  • PD3-10 Selects and uses interpersonal skills to interact respectfully with others to promote inclusion and build connections


  • PD4-1 Examines and evaluates strategies to manage current and future challenges
  • PD4-2 Examines and demonstrates the role help-seeking strategies and behaviours play in supporting themselves and others
  • PD4-3 Investigates effective strategies to promote inclusivity, equality and respectful relationships
  • PD4-9 Demonstrates self-management skills to effectively manage complex situations
  • PD4-10 Applies and refines interpersonal skills to assist themselves and others to interact respectfully and promote inclusion in a variety of groups or contexts


  • PD5-1 Assesses their own and others' capacity to reflect on and respond positively to challenges
  • PP5-3 Analyses factors and strategies that enhance inclusivity, equality and respectful relationships
  • PD5-9 Assesses and applies self-management skills to effectively manage complex situations
  • PF5-10 Critiques their ability to enact interpersonal skills to build and maintain respectful and inclusive relationships in a variety of groups or contexts

Health and Physical Education S2

  • ACPPS035 Describe and apply strategies that can be used in situations that make them feel uncomfortable or unsafe
  • ACPPS036 Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing
  • ACPPS037 Describe how respect, empathy and valuing diversity can positively influence relationships
  • ACPPS038 Investigate how emotional responses vary in depth and strength

Health and Physical Education S3

  • ACPPS053 Investigate community resources and ways to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing
  • ACPPS054 Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing
  • ACPPS055 Practise skills to establish and manage relationships
  • ACPPS056 Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships

Health and Physical Education S4

  • ACPPS071 Evaluate strategies to manage personal, physical and social changes that occur as they grow older
  • ACOOS072 Practise and apply strategies to seek help for themselves or others
  • ACPPS073 Investigate and select strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing
  • ACPPS074 Investigate the benefits of relationships and examine their impact on their own and others' health and wellbeing
  • ACPPS075 Analyse factors that influence emotions, and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity
  • ACPPS079 Investigate the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity

Health and Physical Education S5

  • ACPPS092 Propose, practise and evaluate responses in situations where external influences may impact on their ability to make healthy and safe choices
  • ACPPS093 Investigate how empathy and ethical decision making contribute to respectful relationships
  • ACPPS094 Evaluate situations and propose appropriate emotional responses and then reflect on possible outcomes of different responses
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