Safer Internet Day is an annual event organised by the European network for internet safety, Insafe. This year, Safer Internet Day will be held on 5 February and celebrated in more than 60 countries worldwide.
The theme of Safer Internet Day 2013 is “Online Rights and Responsibilities” and users around the world are encouraged to “Connect with respect”. So what does respect look like in a digital environment where we may be communicating with inanimate programs (do we respect things that aren’t alive?) or with people that we don’t know or who don’t know us (is respect only important when it is visible?)? We would argue that respect needs to be shown in all our actions as not only do they reflect on us, but affect how others show us respect.
Respecting Privacy•review privacy policies and settings•consider what personal information shouldn't be shared•manage location information shared through mobile devices and social media
Respecting Relationships•only say things online which you'd be happy to say offline•minimise sharing personal information with people online who you don't know well offline•respect other people's trust and privacy and not using technology to harm and embarrass them
Respecting Reputations•think before you post•remember, once something goes online, it stays online•find out what your digital shadow looks like and work to make it a positive one
Through Microsoft's partnership with the AFP in the ThinkUKnow program, we treat everyday as a day to educate parents, teachers and carers about online safety and security. In support of Safer Internet Day 2013, ThinkUKnow will be providing awareness-raising sessions to parents, carers and teachers as it does every day of the year. If you would like to book a session for parents, carers and teachers, please use our online booking form or call us on 1300 362 936.
The February edition of the ThinkUKnow e-newsletter will also look at the theme of Safer Internet Day 2013 in more detail. You can sign up to receive this e-newsletter on our members' page or view prior issues of the publication in our tools and resources section.
For more information, please have a look through the ThinkUKnow website on how we can help children and young people use the internet and mobile devices in a safe and responsible way. ThinkUKnow is a partnership between Microsoft and the AFP, proudly supported by ninemsn and Datacom.
Safer Internet Day activities are coordinated in Australia by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). For more information on these events and activities, please visit ACMA’s website.