From the Director of Student Wellbeing

College Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021


How can I keep up with my child’s online activities? 

1 Timothy 3:4 directs every parent to “manage your own household competently and have your children under control with all dignity.” It applies to all aspects of a Christ-centered family life and is even more important in today’s very connected world. As stewards of their households, parents are responsible for their children’s spiritual well-being. This responsibility includes protecting their faith, dignity, and integrity offline and online, even when the children are alone with their phones and other devices. With this, parents are presented with the question, “How can I keep up with my child’s online activities?” 

There are many resources from government commissions to private organisations that advocate child online safety. Here are a couple of websites for parents to upskill and update their knowledge of this ever-changing landscape and understand the internet as their children experience it.


The Australian eSafety Commissioner (http://esafety.gov.au/)

Founded in 2015, the eSafety Commissioner supports and promotes online safety to all Australians. This organization encompasses the safety of people of all ages. The eSafety Commissioner not only promotes safety through legislation, but also through educating parents, carers, and teachers. In line with this, an Online Safety Book with practical tips in dealing with online safety issues was published and made available for free. Articles, videos, and webinars are also available.

Common Sense Media (http://commonsensemedia.org/)

Numerous apps and games are launched every day, and children are open to trying as many as they can manage to download. On top of those, there are popular ones with millions of users with whom children can regularly interact, increasing security risk. Common Sense Media provides information and reviews on popular apps and games. Parents can learn which games are age-appropriate for their children and information on how they are played, bridging that gap between parents and children. The more parents learn about these games, the better they can understand their children and nurture trust between themselves.


It is easy to feel overwhelmed as the internet may distract children and compromise their safety; parents may even panic about learning new technologies to keep up with their children. However, help and resources are available.

Here are more links to valuable resources on how to keep children safe online.

Online Safety Book (https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/online-safety-book/)

This is a free e-book that contains information on common safety issues that young people encounter and how to deal with them.

Raising Children (https://raisingchildren.net.au/)

Find parenting articles and tips based on your child’s age bracket. Raising Children aims to help parents teach their children to develop “digital resilience.”

Safe Blogging Tips for Parents (https://blogging.com/parents-blogging-safety/)

This is an article for parents who have children with blogs or have children who would like to start a blog. Information on the most popular blogging platforms and tips on how parents can guide their children with blogging can be found in this article.

Be safe, be alert online (https://www.esafety.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-08/Be-safe-Be-Alert-online.pdf)

This is a directory of agencies that can assist with reporting online safety related incidents.

Parent Resources (https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents/resources/)

Find downloadable resources to help families begin a conversation about online safety. It includes information sheets on managing devices, games, and common online issues.

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