The internet has provided a new medium for people to share inappropriate, illegal or prohibited content with a wider audience. This content can be distressing for people who are inadvertently exposed to it, especially to children.
Children may encounter inappropriate content online, either by typing in an incorrect URL, through pop-up advertisements or by clicking on links in emails. This may be damaging to a young person's health and wellbeing, as it exposes them to concepts that they are not ready to manage and that may breach social and cultural norms.
You should consider the following steps to protect yourself and your children from inappropriate online content:
If your child sees illegal or inappropriate online content please report this to the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner's online content complaint form.
If you suspect an adult has engaged in inappropriate activity involving a child, call the police immediately on Triple Zero 000 (if it is an emergency) or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.