Instilling positive online safety behaviour has never been more important as today's generation of children grow up in an online world.
While there are many benefits to being online, the availability of online games, social networking sites, smartphones and internet-connected tablets can sometimes leave children and young people vulnerable to harmful content and behaviours.
To support a safe online environment, the Government and the Office of the eSafety Commissioner (eSafety Office) are partnering with Australian businesses and organisations to recognise Safer Internet Day (SID).
SID is an international event recognised each year in over 140 countries with this year's theme of 'Together for a better internet' helping to raise awareness of the importance of fostering a safer online environment for not only children, but all Australians.
The eSafety Office is calling on everyone to practice the four critical skills of online safety—the '4Rs' of respect, responsibility, reasoning and resilience—everyday, not just on Safer Internet Day.
If children and young people you know are having problems online, there is information available to help. The eSafety Office's website has tips and tools for being safe online and how to seek advice, report an issue, make a complaint or access links to support services.