Cyber Safety During COVID-19

As the nation undergoes social isolation, Australian children are looking to their devices for entertainment, to connect with friends and for education purposes. While online mediums can increase connection, they also increase children’s exposure to potential risks including bullying and exploitation.

In this podcast Managing Partner, Sally Nicholes joins Lesley Podesta, CEO of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and Lesa Gale, Assistant Commissioner Northern Command of the AFP, to discuss online safety for children amidst the COVID-19 crisis.


Presented by Nicholes Family Lawyers

Alannah & Madeline Foundation links

Lesley Podesta’s biography

Alannah & Madeline Foundation eSmart Digital Licence

Dolly’s Dream DigiPledge

eSmart Schools

Australian Federal Police links

Australian Federal Police website

ThinkUKnow, Australia’s first and only nationally-delivered, law enforcement-led online child safety program

Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE), an AFP-led centre targeting online child exploitation

Other useful links

Kids Helpline: a free, private and confidential telephone counselling service – 1800 55 1800

Parent line: a state-wide counselling and support service for all Victorian parents – 13 22 89 or 1300 272 736

Safe Steps: a domestic violence hotline service for women and children – 1800 015 188

WIRE Helpline: free support, referral, and information for all Victorian women (non-binary and gender diverse inclusive) – 1300 134 130

Relationship Space: an online program to help parents manage divorce

Online Family Violence Intervention Order Application

Relationships Australia


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