Tuesday 5 February 2019 is Safer Internet Day (SID), an annual global event that promotes safe, responsible and positive behaviour in the digital world. This year's theme 'Together for a better internet’ encourages individuals to create a better internet by developing four, critical skills: Respect, Responsibility, Reasoning and Resilience.
As a key supporter of SID, Optus is encouraging all Aussies to get involved by collaborating with their communities and supporting each other in developing the 4Rs:
- Respect: I treat myself and others the way I like to be treated.
- Responsibility: I am accountable for my actions and I take a stand when I feel something is wrong.
- Reasoning: I question what is real.
- Resilience: I get back up from tough situations.
The digital world provides many opportunities for young people to seek knowledge and explore their creativity. But being online can also expose kids and teens to cyber-bullying, inappropriate content, and the risk of anxiety from constantly being online. Learning how to navigate these hazards is important for any young person wanting to experience the best of what the digital world has to offer.
As a key player in Australia’s digital community, Optus is committed to providing free digital citizenship education to support young people in becoming more digitally educated and responsible. Since 2013, Optus has delivered the Digital Thumbprint program to more than 250,000 Aussie primary and secondary school students. You can find out more about Optus Digital Thumbprint, including parent resources, here.