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Staying Safe Online

CautionInternet safety is an important part of all programs, activities and services offered by the City of Holdfast Bay Library Service.

The Library is an eSmart Library in partnership with The Alannah and Madeline and the Telstra Foundations.



Some basic tips for staying safe online are
  1. Keep your profile set to private and check your privacy settings regularly
  2. Don't share personal information or write down your passwords
  3. Be aware of scams and don’t reply to unsolicited emails
  4. Think about your own reputation before you post comments or photos


More information about using the internet safely can be found in the following links:Padlock

Stay Smart Online
The free Stay Smart Online alert service will help to keep you up-to-date with online threats and scams, security information and tips to protect your personal and financial information online.

Australian Communications and Media Authority
Staying Safe Online is the Australian Government's online safety and security website and is managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. The ACMA has a range of helpful advice about staying safe online, privacy, scams, how to make complaints about spam, broadcasts, internet gambling, telecommunication companies and telemarketing. It is also a good source of information about public wi-fi, computer viruses and malware.
Access practical government information and helpful advice to help keep children, whole families and businesses safe online.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Scamwatch

Google Safety Centre

Telstra Consumer Advice Cyber Safety


Libraries SA - Being Safe Online (PDF Download)


Some basic tips to deal with Cyberbullying are
  1. Block the cyberbully
  2. Take a screenshot as evidence of the cyberbullying
  3. Report offensive material to the website administrator or service provider
  4. For more help, call the Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) eheadspace (1800 650 890) or contact the police


More information about dealing with cyberbullying can be found in the following links:


Office of the eSafety Commissioner
This website can give help to deal with cyberbullying, resources for parents and families to learn about the internet and information on reporting illegal content. is a well presented site explaining how cyberbullying (harassment and abuse through technology) can be harmful. It offers links to support agencies and useful ways to protect yourself or your children and family.

The Think U Know website covers Teen online safety guidance and parental control options for several popular devices.

Digital Citizenship is explained and promoted on the Digizen website which provides tips for evaluating online resources, helpful advice and ideas for promoting safe social networking.

Internet Safety

The Library holds a number of books dealing with online safety in our collection. Click here to see a list.



Should you wish to have printed copies of information from any of these sources please speak to library staff.

Ask at the library desk for a copy of:

  • Little Black Book of Scams, which is published by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. It explains about the dangers of online unexpected winnings and money, fake charities and attempts to find out your personal information.

  • The Parent’s Guide to Online Safety produced by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.