Safer Internet Day 6 Feb 2018 – Create, connect and share respect

Safer Internet Day Tuesday 6th February 2018 - Create, connect and share respect. A better internet starts with you!What is Safer Internet Day?

Coordinated in New Zealand by Netsafe (https://www.netsafe.org.nz), Safer Internet Day is an annual opportunity for people, schools, industry and organisations to unite together to raise awareness and start conversations about online safety. The resources on the page are from Netsafe or Safer Internet Day.

20/20 supports Safer Internet Day – safety online and Trust in online services is a core requirement for digital inclusion.

2018 Theme: Create, connect and share respect

The theme for Safer Internet Day 2018 is “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you”. It is an invitation for everyone to join in and engage with others in a respectful way in order to ensure a better digital experience.

How do we do this?

1. Children and young people can help to create a better internet by being kind and respectful to others online, by protecting online reputations, and by seeking out positive opportunities to create, engage and share online.

2. Parents and carers play a crucial role in empowering and supporting children to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively, whether
it is by ensuring an open dialogue with their children, educating them to use technology safely and positively, or by acting as digital role models.

3. Educators and social care workers can help to create a better internet by equipping their pupils and students with digital literacy skills and by developing their critical thinking skills, which will allow them to better navigate the online
world. They can empower them to create their own content, make positive choices online and can set a personal example of online behaviour for their pupils and students.

4. Industry can help to create a better internet by creating and promoting
positive content and safe services online, and by empowering users to respond to any issues by providing clear safety advice, a range of easy-to-use safety tools, and quick access to support if things do go wrong.

5. Decision makers and politicians need to provide the culture in which all of the above can function and thrive – for example, by ensuring that there are opportunities in the curriculum for children to learn about online safety, ensuring that parents and carers have access to appropriate information and sources of support, and that industry are encouraged to self-regulate their content and services. They must also take the lead in governance and legislation, and ultimately ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people through effective child protection strategies for the online world.

6. Everyone has a responsibility to make a positive difference online. We can all promote the positive by being kind and respectful to others and seeking out positive opportunities to create and connect. We can all respond to the negative by reporting any inappropriate or illegal content.

What next?

Show your support for #SID2018 on Thunderclap: http://bit.ly/SID2018support

Check out the Safer Internet Day resources on Netsafe website (https://www.netsafe.org.nz) for easy ways for people to support Safer Internet Day 2018 – join us and everyone globally in celebrating the day on 6 February.

2018 Staying Safe Online GuideShare the 2018 STAYING SAFE ONLINE GUIDE.  The 2018 Staying Safe Online Guide has the latest online safety tips for Safer Internet Day. The guide is packed with tips from Facebook, Google, Twitter, Youtube, TradeMe and CERT NZ to help make staying safe online easier for everyone. You can share the Staying Safe Online Guide using the following link www.netsafe.org.nz/staying-safe-online

More about Netsafe

Netsafe is an independent, non-profit New Zealand organisation focused on online safety, supported by the Ministries of Education and Justice and by InternetNZ. They provide information, advice and support for all kinds of online safety topics including

  • online bullying, abuse and harassment
  • online scams
  • online trading complaints
  • revenge porn (leaked nudes)
  • keeping accounts and information online safe and secure
  • online safety in schools
  • online safety for parents
  • online safety for businesses
  • staying safe online generally

Read more on https://www.netsafe.org.nz