December 5, 2021

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Safety and wellbeing online

It can be challenging to stay safe online and requires organisations and individuals to be aware of the risks and to take appropriate measures to stay safe and maintain wellbeing and protect your digital identity.
Many organisations have produced information and support to help people, particularly young people stay safe online.

Some focus on using technology to improve security on your computer or mobile devices, like using software to create a Firewall or protect you from viruses. Some offer simple rules to follow when you are online, such as using strong passwords, thinking before you click on a link, checking to see who is providing the content you are using, not sharing too much personal information, being careful about making friends online and always being aware of your own and others safety.

Being online can have a positive or negative impact on our mental health.
People who may be unable to physically go out and meet people or join in face to face activities can interact with others online and develop strong support networks. ICT can reduce isolation of many kinds, whether that is caused by geography (people living in isolated places), social aspects (such as people in prison or hospital), or people with physical or learning disabilities.
ICT can help communities connect and collaborate to change their lives in practical ways (such as farmers sharing their knowledge through videos or by supporting each other (such as this blog designed to inspire, educate, motivate and reassure young mums, helping them know that ‘they are not alone’ in the motherhood journey.

In reality it is the responsibility of individuals, community leaders, professionals, organisations, employers and governments to ensure that we are all safe and well online, and that we are not excluded from participating. When all people take good responsibility it will be well and safe.

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