“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.”