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Monday, 10 February 2020 15:56

Australia, world marks ‘safer internet’ Day Featured

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With Safer Internet Day to be marked around the world on Tuesday, the UNSW Canberra Cyber has announced that it will join forces with other Australian and global educators to work towards creating a safer, better and more trustworthy internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology “responsibly, respectfully and creatively”.

“Safer Internet Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on how we can help our friends and family be good digital citizens and have a safe, positive online experience,” UNSW Canberra Cyber Director Nigel Phair said.

UNSW Canberra Cyber Industry Fellow Tom Sear said we live in an era of “profound change”.

“The world seems to have been uploaded online very quickly,” Mr Sear said. “Online risk has come to symbolise all the threats we now face, but the internet is part of a whole lot of issues of safety in the world and how we teach kids to be safe.

“If we can have an open dialogue with kids where parents and kids can discuss fears and concerns, generally, but include the online world as part of that process, then there is less need for a rules-based ‘screen time’ policing approach, which might be counter-productive and pathologise the internet.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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