Socials Week 1 & 2: Staying safe online

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We live so much of our lives online.

We learn, we share, and meaningfully connect with each other online.

We research. We buy things. We talk to strangers. We talk to friends.

We learn more about ourselves and the world.

This all sounds great, but we all know that being online comes with a whole set of safety, wellbeing and ethical considerations.


What comes to mind when we talk about “safety online”?


What risks are there online? Are these risks different for someone whose job is managing online communities?


Choose one of the following topics (or one of your own):

  • Misinformation vs disinformation
  • Trolling
  • Hate speech
  • Doxxing
  • Overuse of social media and/or phones

Research the topic and present it to the rest of the class.


  • A simple summary of what it is
  • 1-2 of the biggest examples or case studies
  • Any credible research or advice on how to deal with it
  • Any government agencies or support services available


How can these topics impact on your safety and mental health?

What responsibility do you hold for the mental wellbeing of others (as a social media professional)?

What responsibility do governments, law makers and law enforcement hold?

What responsibility do we as individuals hold?


As a group, write a Best Practice Guide for our semester ahead.

Additional resources:

eSafety Commissioner

Cyber Security Centre

Online course: Facebook Safety for Journalists

Journalist’s Toolbox: Digital Security

CPJ Digital safety kit for journalists

GIJN Digital security for journalists

Online safety for women working in the media

eSafety Women


NSW Police

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