Tips for cyber safety and reporting hate online
Tips for cyber safety
Customise your privacy and security settings to only allow family and friends to see your account
Record the evidence. Take screenshots or print the offensive posts.
Block the bully. If you are experiencing repeated hate speech, block the offender on social media or on your phone.
Social Media sites have guidelines on how to deal with hate speech, so if you see something that’s not right, report it!
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ help/263149623790594/
On Twitter: https://support.twitter.com/articles/15794
On Instagram: https://help.instagram.com/547601325292351
On SnapChat: https://www.snapchat.com/safety
There are other ways to report online hate, including:
- Reporting online extremist material here: https://www.reportextremism.livingsafetogether.gov.au/
- Calling the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400 or visit https://www.nationalsecurity.gov.au/WhatAustraliaisdoing/Pages/TheNationalSecurityHotline.aspx
- Making a complaint to the Human Rights Commission: https://www.humanrights.gov.au/complaints/make-complaint
- Making a complaint to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner if it is cyberbullying and you are under 18: www.esafety.gov.au/complaints-and-reporting/cyberbullying-complaints
Step Together is a helpline and online service to help you if you think someone close to you may be heading towards effecting political or social change through violence.
1800 875 204 or www.steptogether.com.au
Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
13 11 14 or www.lifeline.org.au/
Kids Helpline is a free, private and confidential, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25 in Australia.
1800 55 1800 or www.kidshelpline.com.au/
If you are threatened or see that someone else has been threatened with violence go to the police, call 000 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.