Early this week, we picked up essential tips from the conversation around online safety, as over 140 countries in the world celebrated the Safer Internet Day 2019, on 5th February. Some key mentions addressed online safety, cyber hygiene and media literacy. The conversation set to educate and reach out to organizations, young people, caregivers, parents and individuals.
The theme, “Together for a Better Internet”, aimed to unite us all to the cognisance of the need for a safer internet, not just for us but for future generations. It’s the expectation that online space users exercise respect and responsibility, as they remain creative and independent, in the process of ensuring we have a safer internet environment.
Cyber Hygiene has been defined as a protective initiative, that ensures your personal and financial information is organized and safe on your device. This includes measures such as; using strong passwords, installing and maintaining antivirus software, continually updating your browser software, and avoiding public Wi-Fi while using banking apps or doing online payment transactions. These practices are meant to protect users from cyber hygiene issues including, but not limited to, loss of data, security breach and loss of money.
” Cyber hygiene is often compared to personal hygiene. Much like an individual engages in certain personal hygiene practices to maintain good health and well-being, cyber hygiene practices can keep data safe and well-protected.”
The Safer Internet Day group organized an adequate infographic highlighting on the conversations they wanted to drive. In summary, they addressed;
Children & Young people – Their contribution calls them to remain respectful and protect each other’s reputation online.
Parents & Caregivers – Parents should take this initiative as role models to empower their children to use the internet respectfully and encourage them to retain their creativity.
Teacher and Educators – Their role is to teach digital literacy skills to empower the students and young people.
The Industry – Our role is to promote positive content by providing safety advice and other important skills needed.
Decision makers & politicians – Their’s is to cultivate a culture whereby all the functions and efforts provided above can flourish.
The rest of us -We’re capable of making a difference in our individual capacities online.
So, Let’s spread the word and make the Internet a safer space for everyone!