Safer Internet Day is celebrated on the second Tuesday of February each year, and has been since 2004. This year, it falls on Tuesday 9th February and it highlights how to use the internet safely.
Politicians, educators, parents and carers recognise this day to share a vision for safer online experiences for everyone. The eSafety Commissioner (eSafety) leads the celebrations in Australia, launching new research and free activities for all Australians to help start the chat about online safety.
eSafety has launched two new resources, focused on the youngest Australians – children aged 5 and under. They feature a picture book, Swoosh, Glide and Rule Number 5 and a song by Lah-Lah called My Family Rules.
These new releases are part of eSafety’s Early Years program, which provides resources to help families and educators support children under 5 to be safe online.
- 81% of parents with children aged 2 – 5 report their child is using the internet
- Only 57% of parents directly monitor usage by viewing what is on their child’s screen
- 37% of parents think their pre-school aged child spends too much time online