The internet is a connective platform that allows people from all over the world to communicate with each other. Some of the most popular sites used on the internet include Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp, Youtube, etc. With the increased number of parents having to work from home with their child, many are desperate for ways to keep their child quiet so they can focus. Many mothers and fathers have sought any available remedy that would enable them to do their work in peace, including some who have given their child a free pass to use a computer, Ipad or phone.

The issue with allowing your child a free pass to use a device with an internet connecting capability is that it exposes your child to internet risks. You see, the internet allows people to disguise themselves with a screen. People can use fake identities to gain the trust of a child before eventually exploiting them. A child would never suspect the person on the other end is for example a 40 year old person. If the person is telling them they are a 15 year old called Tim, a child will believe that. Children are naïve and we love that about them, but we need to be proactive in ensuring they know how to use the internet safely.


The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is warning parents to be vigilant in keeping their kids safe online. Investigators are finding sex offenders infiltrating new spaces such as online gaming to trade messages with children under the guise of being another like-minded enthusiast.

Statistically Australian victims or offenders were the subject of more than 17,000 individual reports in 2019 ranging from online grooming to transmitting or receiving explicit images, according to data released by the AFP. Ms Simoncini said this was up from about 1000 cases in 2009.

Results from a survey by the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation released as part of a launch of the ThinkUKnow child safety program, show many parents are still unaware of online risks to their children. Of more than 3000 people surveyed, only 3 per cent listed online grooming as a concern, while only half made the effort to discuss online safety with their children.


It is an offence to use a carriage service to “groom” persons under 16 years of age pursuant to section 474.27 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth)(‘Act’, here, thereafter):

(1)  A person (the sender) commits an offence if:

  1. the sender uses a carriage service to transmit a communication to another person (the recipient); and
  2. the sender does this with the intention of making it easier to procure the recipient to engage in sexual activity with the sender; and
  3. the recipient is someone who is, or who the sender believes to be, under 16 years of age; and
  4. the sender is at least 18 years of age.

The maximum penalty is imprisonment for 15 years.


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