Parents and Teachers
Thu 14 November 2013
In this section you will find information, hints and tips to discuss with your children to help keep them safe.
The Victoria Police Partysafe Program is about minimising the risks to safety at parties such as violence, intoxicated guests, or gatecrashers so that hosts and their guests can stay safe and have fun.
The program allows you to register your party with the police online or at your local police station.
While the Internet generally offers great opportunities for children to learn and play, they can be particularly vulnerable online. Parents need to ensure children are actively supervised when using the Internet, particularly time spent chatting online.
They may become victims of cyber-bullying, targets of online grooming or be exposed to inappropriate online content which involves concepts they are not developmentally ready to manage.
Children often do not tell their parents about online incidents, in fear that it will make the situation worse or that they will lose their online access.
If you know or suspect that your child has been a victim of cyber-bullying or any other type of cybercrime, it is important that he or she feels comfortable to speak about the incident with you, a teacher or another trusted adult.
For more information visit the Online Safety webpage.
The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) is a secure reporting service for cybercrime incidents that may be in breach of Australian law. Certain reports will be directed to Australian law enforcement and government agencies for further investigation.
ACORN does not accept reports relating to emergenices or online sex offences against children (including child exploitation material). These incidents should be reported to your local police station, Crime Stoppers or if there is a concern about a person's safety to Triple Zero (000).
The Australian Communications and Media Authority accepts reports of offensive and illegal online content including child sexual abuse material.
eSafety, a national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), as part of the Australian Government's commitment to cybersafety. Their website is specifically designed to meet the needs of its target audiences of children, young people, parents, teachers and library staff.
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Sexual assault and child abuse are crimes that require a specialist response from police. They have a long lasting effect on victims, their families and the community, and cross all socio economic and cultural barriers. Victoria Police is committed to providing the highest level of service to all victims of sexual assault and child abuse regardless of age, gender, cultural background or impairment.
Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Teams (SOCITs) are staffed by experienced and qualified Victoria Police detectives specially trained to respond to and investigate sexual assault and child abuse.
For more information visit Information for victims of sexual assault or child abuse
Your child may also benefit from contacting Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.
Kids Helpline is a free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25. It is available 24 hours a day to help with all sorts of problems, big and small.
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