Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this factsheet, you will learn what to do when your child is behaving sexually around others or online.

Audience: Parents, caregivers, trusted adults.

Related online course: Teaching Consent To Children

Related education package: eSafety for Kids

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Parent Factsheet: What to do when your child is behaving sexually around others or online

Immediate Action

Calmly and openly ask your child about their actions and what feelings or needs might be causing them to behave a certain way. Once you know more about the feelings and needs driving the behaviour, you can support and empower your child to behave more appropriately.


You might notice your child behaving sexually around others or online, or expressing themselves otherwise inappropriately. This could affect their friendships and or reputation. Online behaviour leaves a digital footprint and could lead to long-term problems, such as getting a job in the future.

As children approach adulthood, it is usual for them to begin to behave sexually and have sexual feelings. At younger ages, however, sexual expression can be concerning for some adults. While it is common for children and young people to express themselves or seek attention by behaving sexually, participating i

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