CAYLUS Central Australian Cyber Safety Project

Families in our service area, like families across the world, urban and remote, struggle to find ways to manage the risks associated with these new technologies.

With funding support from The NT Library who administer the RIPIA program CAYLUS has been providing cyber safety workshops to communities in our region aimed at helping young people in our region make good decisions about how to use technologies in a safe way. Leyla Iten led the project for CAYLUS.

The workshops are oriented around the following three steps:

  • Talk with local people about how best to establish a response to cyber safety issues
  •  Engage inter-generational groups in an artistic activity investigating cyber safety issues
  • Work with young people and families to design cyber safety resources which provide a platform for discussing behavior which leads to and/or is a response to cyber safety issues.

This project report provides a detailed account of the development and implementation of the project and issues in each community.


Some of the resources produced as a part of the 2014 workshops are made available here to download in order to share with others doing this work. Documents are available as PDF and as working documents to allow changes so that they can be tailored to the local context. This project was followed by a series of Northern Territory Library cyber safety workshops, in 2015, for service providers and stakeholders across the NT.  Download this book from these workshops here.


Jealousing (in Anmatyerre with English Subtitles)- is a short film made with young people at Yuelamu as a part of the project

Jealousing- This short film illustrates a fight that starts online, which then becomes a physical fight between two young women who are both involved with the same man.   The dispute is settled by family involvement. 

The Jealousing Characters and Talking Story resources include profiles on each character, and investigates how different characters experience the situation, how their actions impact others and to whom they may turn for help when troubles occur online.

Jealousing Downloads

Talking Story PDF (10.8mb)

Talking story .xls (17mb)

Characters. pptx (15.5mb)

Characters PDF (1mb)


Hacked (in Pintupi-Luritja with English subtitles) is a short film made with young people at Kintore as a part of the Project


Hacked- This short film shows how hacking can occur, and demonstrates how a considered and supported response to this situation can look.  This film includes a message to get the support and advice from a person you trust will listen and act as a mediator. This film also includes technical advice from two Facebook savvy girls who remind us to logout, when to block ‘friends’ and the importance of managing privacy settings.  

Hacked Downloads

Too Many Stories (in Pintupi-Luritja with English and English subtitles) is a short film made with young people at Mt Liebig as a part of the Project

Too Many Stories - This short film is a compilation of strong and positive cultural, artistic and social connections we share with each other and with our home.  This film depicts stories, experiences and relationships important to us, and how online sharing is something that deserves just as much care and consideration.  The message of this film is: Our home is a good place.  The internet is a good place.  Don’t rubbish it.




Shallequa and Estella, East Side Girls  (Book) 

This storybook is a resource created by and for females, and features exclusively female characters.  The story illustrates how a small incident or action online can grow and become a big problem, and how bullying can implicate family and friends of the victim. This fully translated book includes a series of questions at the end, including useful phrases for teachers and youth workers who are learning Pintupi-Luritja, including; Nyaa wangkaku Shallequa-ku amaminku?; What will Shallequa’s grandmother say?  

download book as pptx (3mb)    download book as pdf (1.7mb)

Shallequa and Estella East Side Girls is an illustrated bilingual story book (Pintupi-Luritja/English), and includes input from three communities.  


Three paintings highlighting different cyber issues, including Who to turn to when there’s trouble, cyber bullying and hacking are featured in the films and in the book.  Images of the paintings are also used to make an additional poster with the message We are cybersmart girls, we always logout 


Who to Turn to When There’s Trouble (4.4mb)        Cyber Bullying (3.8mb)

Hacking (5.4mb)                                                      We are Cybersmart Girls (5.6mb)

Other Resources

The following resources include a collection of animations and music videos that were well received in the all the communities visited by the cyber-safety project.

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