Online Safety & Content Filtering
This page provides you with information on issues relating to online safety, such as how to protect your children from inappropriate websites, and how to make sure your devices stay secure while connected to the Internet.
At TPG, we're proud to promote positive relations between Australians and the Internet Industry by encouraging awareness of the Internet Industry Codes of Practice.
Protecting your children when they are using the Internet
The best solution to keeping children safe on the Internet is to make sure they are ALWAYS supervised when online. The Internet is like a library where anyone can access, and insert content anywhere at any time. Undesirable content can be accessed just as easily as content that is useful, so adult supervision can help children avoid or at least put into context any adult or undesirable material found.
Tips to protect your children when they are using the Internet:
- Communicate regularly with your children about what they do online and to whom they talk to online. Online habits change over time, so it's important to have the talk more than once.
- Take computers out of children's rooms and put them into communal areas of the home, such as the family room or living room.
- Help your child choose their 'screen name', email address or instant messaging name wisely.
- Parents are urged to consider using technology, specifically software to help you protect your child.
Rules you should set out for your children when using the Internet and social media:
- Never reveal any details that could be used to physically trace you, such as your real name, address, phone number, school name or friends; names.
- If something appears on the screen in front of you, and you find it disturbing, you should let your parents, teacher or friends know.
- If you hear or see your friends not doing the right thing on social media, remind them of the potential dangers and how to do the right thing.
- Remember that not everything you read in chats and social media is true and people may not be who they say they are. Be smart and make decisions for yourself on what you think is right and wrong.
- Let your parents know when you've made a new friend online.
Family Friendly Filters
What are filters?
Filters are generally computer programs that allow parents and system administrators to control a list of permitted and blocked websites and programs.
More information about filters and staying safe online can be obtained from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner
What are the "Family Friendly Filter" programs?
With a large number of filters available on the internet, the Communication Alliance has created the Family Friendly Filter program list to assist you with choosing the filter program to suit your family.
To qualify for Family Friendly Filter status, these filters are subjected to rigorous independent testing to ensure that it meets the criteria as set out in the relevant Industry Code.
Classes of accredited Family Friendly FiltersThere are 4 levels of classification for certified filters:
- These filters block websites on the eSafety Commissioner's Prohibited URL Filter (PUF) list, and are recommended for 18+ years of age
- Class 1: Recommended for children over 15 years of age
- Class 2: Recommended for children between 10 and 15 years of age
- Class 3: Recommended for children under 10 years of age
Certified Family Friendly Filters
- Norton Family Premier
Recommended for children over 15 years of age (Class 1)
- Family Zone
Recommended for children under 10 years of age and older (Class 3)
Stay Smart Online is an Australian Government Initiative designed to provide all Australian online users with practical tips and advice on e-security. This website contains basic information on how to secure your computer, best practice tips for smart transacting online, and information on keeping young people safe online.
Office of the eSafety Commissioner provides a range of information, tools and educational material for parents and schools.
Offensive or illegal online content can be reported via the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.
If you are unable to submit your complaint using this form, and you are an Australian resident, you may be able to make a complaint by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please provide specific URL information and the reasons why you believe the content should be prohibited.
If you need to report any criminal activity, please go to Crime Stoppers online or call 1800 333 000. Reports can be anonymous.