The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has used February 8 — Safer Internet Day — to issue a warning to Australians about cyber-security.
"This year’s theme is 'It's more than a game, it's your life' and activities will take place around Australia and overseas to remind young people that what they do online can have a real impact on their lives," the minister said in a statement.
"The high take-up of social networking services by young people means it is particularly important that they understand the consequences of posting too much personal information or inappropriate information online."
Safer Internet Day activities in Australia are coordinated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. ACMA-sponsored activities include a national Cybersmart Detectives activity for more than 1500 primary-school students, a three-day online forum for high school students and presentations in schools and libraries.
Telstra has signed up AFL player Adam Goodes to help promote the day. "Like most people, I love sharing photos and stories online and checking into Facebook to find out what my mates are up to. But as someone who lives in the public eye, I’m really mindful of how the things I say and do online affect my reputation," the Sydney Swans player said.
“With so much of our lives now posted on Facebook, broadcast on Twitter and recorded in text messages, all it takes is one poorly-chosen or inappropriate comment to create some real headaches for anyone. So on Safer Internet Day, it’s worth considering the simple things we can all do to protect our online reputations."