Keeping kids safe
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation is proud to provide a wide range of free Keeping Kids Safe Resources for parents, carers, educators, and the wider community.
We are continually developing new fact sheets to help educate young people about their personal safety, as well as providing adults with the tools to talk about safety with children.
Our fact sheets cover information including what to do if you have concerns about a young person, handling disclosures, online and travel safety, as well as dealing with times of crisis.
Child sexual abuse
Sexual abuse of children is against the law. Child sexual abuse is when an adult, another child or adolescent uses their power to involve a child in sexual activity. Sexual activity includes sexual intercourse and a range of sexual behaviours that can be physical, verbal or emotional.
The internet can be a wonderful tool for children to learn, communicate with others and play games, but this isn’t without risks. Children are accessing technology and the internet at a younger age than ever before. It’s never too early to start chatting to your child about how to stay safe online.
Internet access is a regular part of life for many children and young people around the world. It is the responsibility of adults to keep children safe, this includes helping them to develop cyber safety skills. Touchscreen technologies allow children to access the internet quickly and easily but often they do not understand the complexity of their actions online.
Promoting self-care during a crisis
During times of crisis, children and young people will normally look to the adults in their life as role models for how to cope and keep themselves safe. If adults are modeling positive behaviour strategies for dealing with crisis and stress, children are more likely to follow suit.
Video calling is fast becoming a popular part of our everyday lives. Apps such as Facetime, Whatsapp, Messenger and Skype are now being used for a range of purposes from socialising with friends and family to engaging in extracurricular activities and online learning for school.
Harmful sexual behaviours
Parents and carers play a crucial role in keeping children and young people safe from harm and abuse. This factsheet has been specifically designed to provide parents and carers with the necessary information and tools to help them to identify and respond to harmful sexual behaviours effectively.