Children and young people in smaller or more isolated towns are safer from online child sex offenders
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Online child sexual exploitation is a borderless crime.

A common misconception is that children and young people in smaller or more isolated towns are safer from contact by online child sex offenders.

In online grooming cases, the offence occurs in the communication between the victim and the offender. Physical contact is not needed for police to become involved.

Children and young people should never meet up with someone they have only ever met online. However, if they do, they should always be accompanied by you or another trusted adult and meet in a public place.

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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