On Tuesday 7 February, the Australian government recognised Safer Internet Day, a global initiative that promotes the safe and responsible use of online technology.
“This worldwide initiative is celebrating 20 years in 2023, making it a great time to reflect as well as look forward.
Technology has evolved dramatically in the past two decades and the benefits have been huge. These developments have also exposed us to many risks with real-world impacts, making online safety awareness even more important.
That’s why we are calling on Australians to Connect. Reflect. Protect.
Connect safely and with purpose – by keeping apps and devices secure and using social media in positive ways.
Reflect before we act – by taking a moment to consider how what we do and say online may affect others.
Protect ourselves and others by taking action – by telling family, friends or colleagues about eSafety and how we can help.”
We work hard at Meriden to instil these messages in behaviours in the girls, informed by the research that shows the harm online interactions can have to students’ health and wellbeing.
As a part of this initiative, the eSafety Commissioner offers free webinars for parents and carers about how to keep their children safe online. We encourage all parents to access these resources from the eSafety Commissioner. Click here to access these webinars.