The Australian Federal Police leads the ThinkUKnow program, a national online child safety program that provides education for parents, carers and teachers, children and young people to address the issue of online child sexual exploitation. The program is a partnership between the AFP, Datacom, Commonwealth Bank and Microsoft Australia, and is delivered in collaboration with all State and Territory police and Neighbourhood Watch Australasia.
ThinkUKnow is an evidence-based, pro-technology program, with messaging around supervision, open conversations, technical actions and communication between young people and the adults in their life.
The program addresses areas such as self-produced content, privacy and unwanted contact, online grooming, image-based abuse, sexual extortion and importantly encourages help seeking behaviour.
Although some of our face-to-face sessions are on hold due to COVID-19, ThinkUKnow is still generating resources for parents and carers at home, law enforcement, and educators to continue prevention and education messaging.
Teacher resources, including the Teacher's Toolkit initiative has been developed to assist teachers in a variety of learning environments including online, remote and in the classroom.
Resources are aligned with the Australian Curriculum and use up-to-date research and real case studies to illustrate the challenges students may face and how to get help.