Cyber safety

William Ruthven Primary School is an eSmart school. eSmart is a long-term change program designed to educate, track, monitor and prevent bullying and cyber bullying. eSmart is tailor-made for schools and designed to effect change in that specific environment.

We encourage everyone in the school community to continue to uphold and promote eSmart behaviours, at school and at home.  If you are aware of any incidents of bullying, cyberbulling or risky online behaviour, please contact our Student Wellbeing Leader, Gemma Albress.


For more information, please see: eSmart information for parents and carers.



Think U Know session: Family education sessionCyber safety sessions, run by the Australian Federal Police, have been run at William Ruthven Primary School. All those in attendance agreed that the sessions are worthwhile attending. The sessions included ways to keep children safe when online
and using social media.


eSafety Commissioner's iParent

iParent provides guidance for using safety settings on your family’s web-connected devices, tips for choosing movies and games and strategies for keeping young people safe online.


Blocking explicit results on Google

You can filter explicit search results on Google, like pornography, using the SafeSearch setting. SafeSearch is not 100% accurate, but it helps you and your child to avoid explicit content.  You can use SafeSearch as a parental control to help protect children from inappropriate search results on mobile phones, tablets and computer. Follow these three easy-to-follow steps to turn SafeSearch on your child's devices.

Limiting your child's digital footprint

Blogging and posting photos of your childBlogging about your child or posting photos of him/her can be a nice way to share your child’s special moments. But it is worth thinking about how the photos and information you post will become part of your child’s digital footprint. Find out more in this article from the Australian Parenting website.


Games, apps and social networking

The Australian Government's eSafety Commissioner website contains quick guides to popular social media sites and apps. Find out how to protect your child's privacy setting, age restrictions for social media sites and how to report cyberbullying or abuse.