A safer place
At ANZ we're pleased to play a role in ensuring the internet is a safe place for people to interact.
February 6 is Safer Internet Day – and I'm really proud ANZ as a company is behind it. Alongside a number of governments, organisations and community groups all around the world, we’re doing everything we can start to really help send the message that everyone needs to think about what they do online - and how they do it.
There are also economic advantages if we generate trust in the online world. A safer internet brings greater business opportunities as well. If people trust the online world they are more likely to do business online, connect more broadly and share ideas and opportunities.
Corporations have a responsibility to positively contribute to the world we operate in, and in 2018 this world is increasingly online.
We’re helping spread the message about how people should behave on the internet and hopefully changing people's behaviours by role modelling the right ones ourselves and promoting the right things to do online.
We hope this will help make a difference and make the internet a safer place to be - safer for our children and safer for everyone who does things online.
Cyber bullying can be devastating. The people doing the bullying may not realise the impact they are having when they can’t see their victims and this can mean the behaviour is less likely to be moderated.
Victims are often alone and less likely to seek help. We must all raise awareness of the issues and encourage more respect online.
In 2017 alone, the eSafety Commission resolved 186 serious cyberbullying complaints for under 18’s in Australia. But it’s an epidemic is not confined to our youth.
Adults are also prone to forgetting there’s a human on the receiving end of online interactions. In America, a survey revealed 47 per cent of adults have experienced online harassment or abuse and for 18 to 25-year-olds the figure rises to 65 per cent.
These are numbers we can no longer ignore and it is our duty to help our communities understand their role in creating a safer, more-respectful and more-secure digital world.
Each of us has a responsibility to conduct ourselves respectfully online and together we can make the internet a safer place.