International Safer Internet Day 2013
Tuesday 5 February was the tenth international Safer Internet Day. This year’s theme is ‘Online rights and responsibilities’ and will encourage users to ‘Connect with Respect’, promoting positive digital citizenship across Australian communities.
Officer-in-Charge of the Online Child Exploitation Squad, Detective Senior Sergeant Lindsay Garratt, believes that everyone needs to understand their rights and responsibilities in using the internet.
“Technology is an integral and important part of our everyday life, and parents and carers now have a responsibility to keep their children safe, not only in the physical world but the virtual one as well,” he said.
“Anyone can be tricked into doing things they wouldn’t ordinarily do in the ‘real’ world and everybody has the right to feel safe when using the internet,” Detective Senior Sergeant Garratt said. “But to achieve that, everyone must take responsibility in understanding the dangers, and educating each other about those risks.”
Respect and protect yourself and others. If a friend or someone close to you is experiencing cyberbullying, trolling, unwanted contact or sexting, encourage them to report it and seek support by talking to a trusted adult or by contacting the Kids Helpline or Cybersmart Online Helpline Service.
Further advice on internet safety is available at: