On the internet
ThinkUKnow is an internet safety program which delivers interactive training to educate, parents, carers, teachers and children about the risks faced online and how to create a safe online experience for young people.
In March 2013 the Northern Territory Police Force joined the ThinkUKnow program. NT Police are proud to be a part of such an effective and passionate collaboration, focused on keeping children safe online.
Use the link below to access the ThinkUKnow site where you will find especially developed cybersafety information and presentations for adults and tailored information and guides for children.
The ‘global village’ of the internet gives everyone access to information as never before. For children it can be a great educational tool, a place for games or chat with friends and communicate with other children from distant places and different cultures.
But its range and versatility also makes it a dangerous place, populated by people and sites that you would never want your children to see. Just as you teach your children to be wary of strangers in public places, you need to teach them to be wary of strangers in online.
Sex offenders are skilled at using the internet to contact children. If you have a computer at home connected to the internet, these predators have a direct access to your children.
Kids growing up with computers often know more about them than their parents. Keep up with them technologically, set the rules and keep control.
Online safety tips for kids and parents
- Never give out your name, home address, age, phone number or school name – or any personal information – to strangers online.
- Don’t give out your password to anyone, either online or offline.
- Never agree to meet an online friend in person without one of your parents.
- Don’t email pictures of yourself to strangers online.
- Never accept things from strangers online, such as email, pictures or weblinks.
- If someone says or does something on line that makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable, tell an adult straight away.
- Use the Internet with your child. Be involved in your child’s online activities – talk to them about online safety.
- Learn about and use tools like filters, check internet histories and set ground rules for online behaviour.
- If you allow access to ‘chat rooms’ know, at all times, who your child is talking to online, and what websites they visit.
- Put your child’s computer in a ‘family area’ of the house – never in the child’s room.
- Be sure to report offensive conduct or material to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). If it is threatening, contact police.
- Teach your child never to plan a face-to-face meeting with online friends, and to tell you if they are asked to meet someone offline.
Look for signs that indicate that your child may be at risk, such as:
- you find pornography on the computer – child sex offenders use pornography to introduce children to their world
- your child is receiving phone calls, or making calls, to people you don’t know – child sex offenders will try to speak directly to a child they have met on the internet
- your child is spending a lot of time chatting on the internet – sex offenders make a study of children’s interests and will empathise with their problems
- your child is receiving gifts or mail from people you don’t know – another strategy of sex offenders leading up to a face-to-face meeting
- when you enter the room your child switches screens or switches off – if your child is engaged in inappropriate online behaviour he or she will hide it from you
- your child is withdrawn, displaying behavioural problems, accusing you of ‘not understanding’ – child sex offenders are masters of exploiting the every day issues that trouble children.
If your child or anyone in the home has received child pornography or your child has received sexually explicit images or been sexually solicited – contact police.