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Unlocking the eSafe

February 6, 2018
Red background with a red fence, with white padlocks locked onto it.

If you’ve glanced at your phone today you’re probably aware it’s the 6th of February, 2018.

What you may not be aware of, however, is that it’s also a special occasion.

We’re sorry to tell you that, unfortunately, it’s not the Easter Bunny scheduling an early visit; nor will you be getting a pile of presents for ‘Christmas Part Deux.’ And don’t worry, you haven’t forgotten your Mother’s birthday (or if you just realised you have, then get on that! Thank us later).

 

Today is, in fact, Safer Internet Day.

What is that you ask? No, it’s not the practice of wearing protective garments when you sit down to check your email. It’s actually an annual, worldwide event aimed at creating awareness of the dangers of using the Internet — and more significantly making the online world a more hospitable and friendly place for all of us.

 

Safer Internet Day (SID) was founded in 2004 by the European Union and is now celebrated in 130 countries worldwide.

 

In Australia, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner is responsible for SID, and this year its theme is ‘Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you.’

 

Some of the issues SID is tackling include:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Image-Based Abuse (IBA)
  • Protecting your personal information
  • Online Gaming.

 

Of particular focus is ensuring that our youth are savvy to the dangers of the online world in a constantly-evolving technological world. The Australian SID site has a range of tools to educate children, from animations, virtual classrooms, and online games — as well as resources for parents and teachers to further communicate these messages.

 

For all the information you could ever need on Safer Internet Day 2018, head over to the official website at the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, and make sure to share the event on social media with your friends and family.

 

And remember, if you’re doing anything online today be safe, be aware, and be nice to each other. If you are then the Easter Bunny might just come early!

 

#SID2018 #SaferInternetDay

 

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