Tuesday 5 February marks Safer Internet Day – an international day focused on making sure people have the knowledge to operate safely online.
This year’s theme is “Together for a better internet”, reinforcing the importance of community collaboration and supporting each other to make the internet a better, safer place for everyone.
As our youngest members of the community return to school for the year, it’s a timely opportunity to learn more about how you and everyone in your family can navigate the online world safely using the 4Rs:
“I treat myself and others the way I like to be treated”
On the internet, it can be easy to forget that there are real-life people sitting behind an online profile and say things that we wouldn’t be brave enough to say to their face. Pause before you post, and consider how you’d feel if someone said that to you.
“I am accountable for my actions and I take a stand when I feel something is wrong”
Like learning to drive, it takes practice to navigate the internet safely. However, you can stay in control of your digital footprint by educating yourself and your family about online risks and pausing before you share photos, personal information and even your location online. You can also help protect the reputation of others by speaking up when you see something wrong.
“I question what is real”
Unfortunately, not everyone or everything you see on the internet is as it seems. And sometimes you will need to use your detective skills to verify that the requests you receive – whether it be to transfer money, reset an account password, or connect with a ‘friend’ – are legitimate. Before transferring any money, pause before you pay and verify the request by contacting the person or company through one of their official channels. Review our top tips for spotting a hoax here.
“I get back up from tough situations”
There will be times that things go wrong online. But, you can stay in control if you pause before you react. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends and family, and think about where you might be able to find useful information to help you recover.
By supporting each other, we can make the internet a safer place, so:
- Pause before you post
- Pause before you share
- Pause before you pay
- Pause before you react
For resources to support your family’s safe use of technology at home, visit the Office of the eSafety Commissioner’s iParent website.
For more information on staying safe online, check out our online tips.
For more on Safer Internet Day, visit the Office of the eSafety Commissioner's website.