PlayingITSafe is an early childhood online safety program that provides pre-school educators, parents and carers with resources and play-based activities to help children understand:
- That technology and the Internet is networked (What is the internet?)
- That people connect and share information on the internet
- The importance of asking questions about things you see, hear or do with technology
- How to be respectful online and offline
- Who is a trusted adult? How do we identify a trusted adult?
- To keep your information private and not share personal details online
- Supervision and using technology with parents and carers
- Who else can help if they come across something they don’t understand
It has been developed in partnership by the Australian Federal Police and the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
Australian Federal Police
As Australia’s national policing agency, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) leads policing efforts to keep Australians and Australian interests safe both at home and overseas.
In line with its Commonwealth mandate, the AFP and its members of Child Protection Operations investigate and proactively target Australians involved in online child sexual exploitation as well as developing and implementing disruption, education and prevention initiatives.
The AFP is involved in many crime prevention and awareness raising initiatives, such as the ThinkUKnow program, to help keep children and young people safe online.
ThinkUKnow is an online child safety program led by the Australian Federal Police and delivered in partnership with industry and all State and Territory police across Australia.
The program uses face to face presentations, as well as supporting resources, for parents, carers, teachers, children and young people. The program provides relevant and actionable information focussing on the prevention of online child sexual exploitation including online grooming, sexting (image based abuse), coercion and extortion.
Alannah and Madeline Foundation
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation works with children aged 16 and under, focusing on improving the culture and safety of environments where they spend most of their time, such as in their homes, schools and public libraries. The Foundation works within the community to care directly for those who have experienced or witnessed serious violence; as well as improve wellbeing outcomes through the prevention and reduction of bullying, cyber bullying and other cyber risks.
Work is undertaken collaboratively with the experts in relevant fields to identify and reduce threats to children’s safety through innovation and partnerships. The Foundation speaks out on the need for systemic change to build a safe and supportive society. To date, the Foundation has reached more than 2.3 million children through its work.