In the lead up to the school holidays, police are reminding parents to be aware of their children's online world.
Senior Constable Marty Paice is part of the School Liaison Police who regularly attend schools in the region to speak with students on the importance of keeping safe online.
He said cyber safety was an important topic to ensure students are aware of the dangers of the internet and the consequences of bullying and making threats online.
"Education is a big thing," he said.
"Most of the platforms these days, whether it be Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook, they each have the ability within them to block and delete, and also to report abusive content.
"We want to give young people the information that they can take control and give them back the power that they don't need to be harassed and bullied online, there's something they can do about it."
But ultimately he said it comes down to parents and caregivers.
"We really believe that if parents are actively involved in their child's online world, then it makes it a safer place for the child as well," he said.
Senior Constable Paice said just as parents wouldn't want a stranger approaching their child on the street, they should be monitoring who a young person is involved with online.
He said parents "letting their kids go" on the internet, was like "taking your kids to Kings Cross and leaving them there".
"Child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg uses the quote 'would you take your kids to Kings Cross and leave them there? well no of course you wouldn't so don't leave them alone on the internet'," he said.
"It's the same sort of thing, young people have access to just about everything on the internet that's why parents need to be vigilant and have an understanding of what their young kids are viewing and accessing."
Key messages and tips for parents include monitoring a child's internet use and seeing what websites they're accessing and who they're speaking to.
Senior Constable Paice said it was important parents and carers have access to their child's email and social media accounts to make sure they're happy with who they're speaking to and who is on their friend's list.
He said another big tip was to place the computer or laptop in a place where adults can see it.
"Children are less likely to do something risky if they know mum and dad or a carer is looking over their shoulder," Senior Constable Paice said.
"So that's a big tip, have the computer in the family room or the laptop on the kitchen table so that parents can come over and see what they're doing and can ask questions."
Senior Constable Paice also warned parents it was important to know about location settings, particularly with apps such as Snapchat, which can pinpoint a user's location.
"It's a pretty scary addition to that app, some young people aren't aware of it and they're posting random photos from their home, anybody can see those and know where they are and what they're up to," he said.
Senior Constable Paice said it was also important for parents to continue reinforcing the messages he gives children, that they can say no, block and delete.
"That idea again, parents reminding kids to be careful what you post, make sure you know who you're talking to," he said.
"It's about teaching children how to be resilient as well, so that if they do face something [dangerous or harmful] they do have the resilience to say 'no, I'm not listening to that person they can say what they want I'm going to block and delete them'."