Our approach

Understanding what children and young people SEE, SAY AND DO online

We provide a broad understanding of the types of things that young people SEE, SAY and DO online.

What they SEE

Young people search for and consume content including videos, images and text.

What they SAY

Being connected is a huge part of young people’s lives, including interacting with friends and family.

What they DO

There are many types of activities including apps and games that children and young people use.

We’ve categorised apps, games and sites by their primary features to help you learn more about the types of things young people might DO online.

Find advice – Social networking and meeting people

Find advice – IMs, DMs and chat

Find advice – Live streaming

Find advice – Video and image sharing

Find advice – Online gaming

Having an understanding of the features of the apps, games and sites your child is using, particularly whether they connect with other users, can help to minimise some of the challenges.

Understanding online challenges

Online child sexual exploitation can be confronting and not something that you may have considered as an issue that could affect you or your child.

We refer to ‘online risks’ or ‘dangers’ as online challenges. This is because not every online experience results in harm and challenges can be prevented, managed and overcome.

Challenges can vary depending on your child and the activities they may be doing online. For example, challenges can arise if your child is interacting with people they don’t know, or using social media accounts with minimal privacy settings.

Challenges relating to online child sexual exploitation include:

Some people might think once a device is switched off, then the issue stops. This isn’t always the case, and often online challenges can have impacts offline.

Knowing the challenges and how they can be prevented or managed with the right information will help you take action.

What we do

We develop resources and advice for parents, carers and educators, children and young people to prevent online child sexual exploitation.

Led by the Australian Federal Police, our program includes:

  • Presentations for schools and community groups
  • Online learning resources
  • Activities to do at home
  • Fact sheets and guides
  • Educators resources


What we don’t do

Our program doesn’t cover:

  • Information about general online safety, including cyberbullying
  • Information about cybercrime

For information about online safety visit the eSafety Commissioner

For information about cybercrime visit ReportCyber

Our partners

ThinkUKnow Australia is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Datacom and Microsoft Australia, and delivered in partnership with all State and Territory police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia.

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