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It can take only minutes for online child sex offenders to gain trust and form ‘friendships’ with potential victims.

Offenders use a variety of tactics to groom children.

Some may be sophisticated, using multiple platforms and multiple identities.

Others will simply contact as many children as possible, hoping some will give in to their demands. Some may only target a single child.

Online grooming can also be difficult to detect as online child sex offenders can be manipulative and encourage or shame victims into keeping their interactions a secret.

Have open and non-judgemental conversations and be approachable if your child comes to you for help.

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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