New research shows that one in five young Australians and one in three adults have had a negative experience online.
To help combat this, the Government and the Office of the eSafety Commissioner have joined with more than 80 Australian businesses and organisations to recognise Safer Internet Day (SID).
SID is an international event recognised each year in 130 countries with this year's theme of 'Create, Connect, and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you' helping to raise awareness of the importance of fostering a safer online environment.
Being safe online has never been more important, as online services become an increasing part of daily life for most Australians. In particular, children are immersing themselves in the online world through social networking sites, online games, smartphones and tablets, which can sometimes leave them vulnerable to harmful content or behaviours.
To ensure using the internet and online services is a positive experience for Australians, the eSafety Office is taking steps to provide resources and tools to help people stay safe online and report online abuse.
Over the last 12 months, the eSafety Office has introduced a new way to prevent the sharing of intimate images online without consent, established a mechanism to report and remove harmful cyberbullying material on social media and launched a new website to improve digital literacy for older Australians.