Online safety: tips and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mother and child using laptopThe State of Victoria is currently in Stage 3 and 4 lockdown which has unfortunately meant that many of us are physically isolated from our support networks of family members, friends and colleagues.

Many of us are turning to the virtual world trying to find new ways to socialise, learn, work and be entertained. In this aspect, the internet is a wonderful thing, but it also can come with some risks.

eSafety is a magnificent resource which provides a wide range of online safety programs and resources. Hobsons Bay Libraries is proud to be an eSmart library and with the world relying on the internet more than ever, we’d like to share some tips and resources to help you stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Young People: Click here for safety tips as you tackle your ‘new normal’ – remote learning.

Parents and Carers: Click here to access the eSafety advice booklet for parents and carers.

Educators: Click here for online collaboration tools to help with delivering your lessons remotely.

Seniors: Click here for step by step instructions on how you can make video calls to your family and friends.

Cyberbullying: Click here to access tips on how to identify and report Cyberbullying.

For general tips on how you can stay safe online, view our top tips here.

Upcoming events

The eSafety Commissioner is hosting free webinar presentations to help older Australians stay safer online. Click here to register for a webinar and learn about the eSafety essentials or to access the eSafety ‘Can you spot a scam’ summary sheet.

Wednesday 9 September
Webinar: Managing the coronacoaster
In this live webinar for parents, adolescent and child psychologist, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg shares his tips on managing parent wellbeing and building resilience.
Use this link to join this live session from 7.00pm (using passcode 607251) or set your reminder here.

Thursday 10 September
Storytime: Grades F-2
In this live bite-sized session our teacher-trained facilitator reads The Fabulous Friend Machine to your class, and offers some creative classroom activities.
Use this link to join our live session from 9.15am-9.30am or set your reminder here

Webcursion: Grades 3-6
In this live bite-sized session we’ll explore students’ digital wellbeing in the online and offline world using fun and interactive games.
Use this link to join our live session from 2.45pm-3.00pm or set your reminder here.