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The internet is a powerful tool for people of all ages to learn, communicate and connect. But the reliance we have on our web-connected devices to share and receive information also poses one of the greatest issues we face for online safety and security.
On Tuesday 11 February, Churches of Christ in Queensland will be joining hundreds of organisations to support Safer Internet Day.
Safer internet day is an annual event coordinated by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner in Australia to raise awareness about the safe and positive use of digital technology and the role we can all play in creating a better and safer internet experience. This year’s theme “Together for a better internet” encourages safe and responsible behaviour by starting the conversation about online safety in the community.
Online safety is not just an issue for children, but for every age and technical ability. Being safer online can include reporting and deleting abuse you see online, protecting your personal information, placing access and parental controls on devices, being conscious of your online profile, being aware of scams and helping others who may not be tech-savvy.
Show your support and commitment for a safer internet by making a paper person pledge through our paper people activity to illustrate how we are all connected in raising awareness for online safety.
We encourage you to take advantage of the free online resources available from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and join the conversation to increase awareness about the importance of being safe online and things you can do to protect yours and your family’s safety.
Parents and carers can learn how to be an online safety champion, not just on Safer Internet Day but every day of the year, by joining one of the webinars delivered by eSafety expert Greg Gebhart.
Your online world is as much a part of your life as your offline experiences. This day is a chance for us to think about our own online safety, being respectful online and ensuring our children and loved ones know how to remain safe by building digital intelligence.
For more information, visit:
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner - www.esafety.gov.au
BeConnected - https://beconnected.esafety.gov.au
Queensland Family and Child Commission - www.qfcc.qld.gov.au/its-all-relative-online-safety-tips