IDCARE has joined the Safer Internet Day 2019 campaign.
In the spirit of the theme “Together for a better internet”, all Australians are encouraged to collaborate with their communities and support each other in developing the critical skills required for navigating the online world.
This year, the campaign will be focusing on the 4Rs of online safety, and protective measures that can be put in place to ensure safe internet use.
The 4Rs are:
“I treat myself and others the way I like to be treated.”
Online safety – bullying
To assist in creating a safe internet for people to enjoy, respect is crucial.
Research conducted by the eSafetyOffice tells us that 1 in 5 Australian children experience cyberbullying.
Respect should underpin every social interaction, whether online or offline
Respect is not just about respect for others, it is also about respect for oneself. People should understand that everything hey do on the internet creates their digital footstep, and respect for oneself will allow this digital footprint to be a positive reflection of themselves.
The4 Rs: RESPONSIBILITY
“I am accountable for my actions and I take a stand when I feel something is wrong.”
There is a lot that goes into being responsible online. It means protecting privacy, knowing your rights and responsibilities, thinking about the impact of online actions, and staying within the law.
Internet-users need to be responsible for their online actions
If you are experiencing harassment online, either block or report the user.
If someone sends you a link that seems unusual, it is your responsibility to not click on it and investigate further.
The 4Rs: REASONING
“I question what is real.”
It is often quite difficult to discern what information is true or false. It is very important that people question the validity of information posed to them particularly via the internet.Internet users need to cultivate critical reasoning skills so they more likely to have positive and safe experiences online.
This is particularly relevant in terms of scams. Criminals are constantly adjusting their methods in order to trick internet users into falling for their scams. By having the skills to critically reason with information posed by scammers, people are less likely to be impacted by scams.
“Scammers can use tactics to convince you that they are legitimately from an organisation that you know. It can often be very difficult to tell the real from the not real.Never respond directly to a message that indicates there is a security threat, or requesting something from you. The best way to make sure you’re dealing with a legitimate organisation is to contact that organisation yourself through their website, or log into your account through a search engine. Never click on any links or open attachments in a message until you’ve done your research.”Christine IDCARE
“I get back up from tough situations.”
Internet use opens up the possibility of danger and harm. Often, people do become affected by negative events online, and to recover from these, resilience is important. People need to learn solution-focused coping strategies to ensure they can recover from harmful situations.
Resilience is the ability to adapt and survive in a changing environment by implementing effective safety measures around online activity. Individuals must have the skills to efficiently prepare for, respond to and recover from online attacks in order to have online resilience.
“It is better to be preventative than reactive. If you know how to safeguard your personal information, even if a scammer does try to target you, they are less likely to be successful.” Christine IDCARE
“Many people really struggle after having experienced a scam, but gaining knowledge after an event will help build a stronger defence against future attempts to scam.Acknowledging that you now have a new skill set from the event will help build resilience.” Christine IDCARE
IDCARE is here to provide you with specialist support and guidance when faced with a cyber and identity related issue. Contact one of our Identity & Cyber Security Case Managers to learn more about our Support Services and how we can help you.
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New Zealand Relay provides services to help Deaf, hearing impaired, speech impaired, Deafblind and standard phone users communicate with their peers. A TTY user connects to New Zealand Relay via a toll-free number and types their conversation to a Relay Assistant (RA) who then reads out the typed message to a standard phone user (hearing person).
The RA relays the hearing person's spoken words by typing them back to the Textphone (TTY) User.
The National Relay Service (NRS) is an Australian government initiative that allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or have a speech impairment to make and receive phone calls.
The NRS is available 24 hours a day, every day and relays more than a million calls each year throughout Australia.