We at JaziNET are proud to support Safer Internet Day on 8 February 2022 and join forces with @eSafetyOffice to tackle online abuse. Through simple actions like being safe, respectful and kind we can all #PlayitFairOnline. Sign up to support #SID2022 esafety.gov.au/sid
Safer Internet Day is a global campaign dedicated to creating a safer online world for everyone. eSafety’s campaign theme for 2022 is #PlayitFairOnline and we have produced a range of resources to help you get involved.
- Celebrated in 170 countries, Safer Internet Day encourages people across the world to make the internet a safer, more positive place.
- The eSafety Commissioner (eSafety) is the official coordinator of the global Safer Internet Day effort in Australia.
- eSafety's campaign theme for 2022 is #PlayitFairOnline.
- eSafety provides resources and support to all Australians to help them to stay safe online.
Staying safe online is one of the most important challenges of our time. Building digital skills and developing positive online behaviors is essential for people of all ages. We are supporting the work of The eSafety Commissioner on Safer Internet Day 2022 to show the world that online abuse and harmful content have no place in our society. Please join us in helping to raise online safety awareness at home, school, work and in the community. Through simple actions like being safe, respectful and kind – we can all #PlayitFairOnline.
Staying safe online
Use these tips to find out how to respond to online abuse and take control of your online safety - whether you’re in the workplace or at home.
- Manage the voices you engage with
You can control what you see and hear online. Conversation controls help you manage your social media feeds and make sure these platforms are a more positive place for you to spend time with your community online.
Check out the available conversation controls for some popular social media platforms:
For other apps and to learn how to mute, block or unfollow people to minimise the harm of online abuse, check out The eSafety Guide.
- Update your security and privacy settings
It’s a good idea to regularly check security and privacy settings. eSafety recommends using different, strong passwords for each online account, and signing out when you’re finished.
You can add two-step verification (also known as two-factor authentication) for extra protection. Your answers to security questions should be things that no one else can learn. Find out more about how to secure your accounts in our how-to videos.
Take a moment to check the privacy settings on all your devices and apps. Social media sites have privacy settings to help you control who sees your posts. You can also adjust your settings to manage who can send friend requests.
Check out The eSafety Guide for more information on privacy settings. esafety.gov.au
- Take charge of your location settings
Location settings are important for map apps and all types of technology, but they can also be used to track you – with an intent to cause harm. You can choose when and who to share your location with.
Remember, social media apps and Bluetooth technology that’s used for sharing files and connecting to devices, can also track your location. You can turn these features off when you don’t feel safe.
Get more information on locations settings.
- Make it a habit to collect evidence of online abuse
Our research shows that people, particularly women, typically downplay online abuse – especially when they experience it as part of their working lives. You can change this by collecting evidence of the online abuse you receive and this will help others to help you.
Take a screenshot and save a URL – which you can use if you choose to report online abuse.
eSafety offers step-by-step guidance on collecting evidence if digital technology is being used in an abusive or threatening way. Although it is important to collect evidence, it is even more important to stay safe. Make sure evidence is only collected when you feel it is safe to do so.
- Raise your voice about online abuse
Online abuse should always be reported to the relevant platforms and, depending on the level of harm, you can also report to eSafety or the police.
Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites provide community rules to follow. If you or someone you know sees something that’s not respectful, you can anonymously make a report and ask the site to remove it.
For advice and support or to report online abuse, go to eSafety.gov.au