Helping parents, carers and educators teach young children how to stay safe online.


Parents and carersEducators

Hello and welcome!

Welcome to the Playing IT Safe early learning initiative, developed in partnership by the Australian Federal Police, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and the eSafety Commissioner. Playing IT Safe aims to help parents, carers and educators teach prior to school age children how to stay safe online.

Are you a parent, carer or educator?

For parents and carers

Starting online safety education at a young age sets up a foundation for safer experiences and interactions. Support your child’s learning by using our parents and carers page and play-based activities.

Parents and carersActivities

For educators

Children in your learning environment need to talk about and explore the role of technology in their lives and futures in ways that are appropriate to their age. Teach online skills and behaviours by using the Educator Handbook and these play-based activities.

Educator HandbookActivities

Let's play!

Here we offer three play-based activities that parents, carers and children can play together. The activities will introduce children to basic online safety concepts.

The play-based activities also allow parents, carers and children to share what they do in the online space and create a safe online culture within the family.

Family technology plan

The family technology plan helps parents, carers and children establish rules around the usage of smart devices in and around your home.

Share that photo!

We all have photos taken at home, at pre-school, at parties and at the playground. We share photos by sending them to each other on connected devices such as phones and computers using text messages, email and social media. When sharing photos we need to be considerate and careful, ensuring that we always ask permission of the person in the photo and if it’s okay to share with others. We should all have a say in how images of ourselves are being used and shared. Play this game as a family and see how a photo can be shared to different people.

Who can help?

Sometimes when using technology we find ourselves in situations where we need the help of a trusted adult. In this game parents and carers can select an online or offline scenario, then help their child work out who is the best person to help them in that situation.