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29 June 2020

How to stay safe online

As you learn from home during Trimester 2, one of your main priorities should be ensuring your online safety. To make sure that the time you spend online is positive and enjoyable, it’s so important to protect yourself from cybercriminals, scams and online bullying.

What kind of scams are out there?

Scamwatch, which provides information to Australian consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams, identifies some of the most common types of scams, which include:

Students can be a common target for scammers. Please be especially wary of any unsolicited or unexpected communications you receive – these can be sophisticated and look legitimate. Recent examples include:

How can I protect myself from scams?

Learn more about the latest online threats and scams at Deakin’s cybersecurity blog.

What if I’m being bullied online?

Cyberbullying is defined as ‘bullying that is done through the use of technology’. According to the Australian Human Rights Commission, it can take a range of forms, including:

A cyberbully may be someone you know or they may be a stranger, and unfortunately it is quite common, especially among young people.

Cyberbullying can be incredibly hurtful and stressful, and can affect all areas of your life, including your study. It’s also hard to escape when the technology is ever-present.

Read more about how to be safe from online bullies, how to report cyberbullying if you’re under 18 or how to manage abuse if you’re an adult.

You can also find out more about online dos and don’ts, and how to call out abuse if you see it.

Where can I go for help?

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