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Illegal online activity

Social networking is a great way to talk to your friends and make new ones, but there are parts of online activity that can have legal consequences. Here are some examples of illegal behaviour and ways to stay out of trouble:

  • never post comments encouraging violence as this is a criminal offence
  • never post offensive images as this is a criminal offence
  • ensure comments you’re making about products and services aren’t defamatory
  • uploading photos or video of you and others engaging in illegal activity can get you in trouble with the law
  • persistent messaging and friend requests to someone who doesn’t want contact with you can be considered stalking
  • downloading and distributing pirated music and movies is illegal and risks computer viruses, malware and spyware
  • storing or passing on images of children in sexualised poses or engaging in sexual activity is illegal.

If someone sends you images of children in inappropriate poses or engaging in sexual activity, it is illegal to be involved in distribution of such images. Report them to the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner or the Australian Federal Police. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you can report anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000.

Last updated: 15 January 2019