Safer Internet Day 2023

Safer Internet Day is an annual event recognised around the world to promote the safe and responsible use of the internet. In Australia, it’s recognised on the first Tuesday of February and is a reminder for workplaces to be more aware of the potential dangers that come with being online.

The internet has changed the way we work, connecting us with colleagues, clients and customers from all over the world. But just like any tool, it can also be dangerous if used improperly. The internet is a breeding ground for cyberbullying, online harassment, and other forms of abuse. It’s also a place where predators can prey on vulnerable individuals, particularly in the workplace.

To combat these issues, workplaces must recognise the importance of online safety and encourage employees to take proactive steps to protect themselves and their colleagues from online harm. This includes educating employees on the risks of sharing too much personal and work-related information including confidential information online, being cautious when interacting with people online and reporting any suspicious or harmful activity.

Another key aspect of online safety in the workplace is implementing strong cyber security measures. This includes regular updates of software and encryption, training employees on how to identify and avoid phishing scams and having a plan in place in case of a data breach.

It’s also important for workplaces to create a culture where employees feel comfortable speaking up about online safety concerns and where any incidents of online abuse or harassment are taken seriously and dealt with swiftly.

As we recognise Safer Internet Day in Australia, workplaces should take the time to reflect on their own online safety policies and procedures and take steps to protect their employees from online harm. Remember, online safety is a shared responsibility and by working together we can create a safer and more responsible online community.

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