Australians love their mobiles and the internet with research finding that mobile phones are the most popular and frequently used device for internet access. The trend towards mobile-only communications continues with 6.67 million Australian adults having only a mobile phone and no fixed-line telephone at home.
We take our mobiles with us everywhere these days and mobiles are not just phones or for texting – our mobiles give us immediate access to the internet, apps and social media wherever and whenever.
February 6th is Safer Internet Day and we are all being asked to be more respectful online.
That means, thinking before we post a picture, before we tag someone, before we make a comment. With a mobile, it can be really easy to react immediately and share our comments or photos before we’ve really had time to ask ourselves:
- Is this comment respectful of other people’s opinions which may be different to my own?
- Am I sharing someone else’s personal information?
- Would I say this face to face?
- Do I have consent before I post or share this pic or video?
- Do I have permission to tag someone?
Read more about Safer Internet Day and how to show respect online at the Office of the eSafety Commissioner’s website.