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Online Safety: Definitions and examples

Staying safe online



Trolling is the act of posting comments or saying things online to deliberately make others angry.  Trolling is not often targeted at a single person.  People troll to disrupt conversations, cause people to react and start arguments.


Example of trolling 

- Deliberately posting racist or sexist comments 


How should I respond to trolling? (Headspace, 2021)



Cyberstalking is stalking a particular person using technology with the purpose of creating fear and distress. A cyberstalker may try to make contact with you, post content about you and/or share photos and videos of you without your permission to embarrass you. They may also track your movements.  People cyberstalk to intimidate and harass their victim.  They also do it to create fear and apprehension.


Examples of cyberstalking

making threats towards someone using technology

- identity theft

- gathering information on someone that might be used to threaten or embarrass them 


Cyberstalking or cyber-enabled abuse should be reported to police. Click here to visit Australian Cyber Security Centre.


How do I report cyberstalking?

Cybersafety - Inappropriate Content Scenarios to discuss with your child


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Cyberbullying is an abusive behaviour targeting a particular individual.  It can occur through text messages, email, social media and gaming platforms.  Cyberbullies want to cause social, psychological or physical harm and intimidation.


Example of cyberbullying 

-Someone always making negative comments on your photos

- Calling you and your friends names

- Deliberately leaving you out of group chats


How do I report cyberbullying?

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