Safer Internet Day 2023

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What is Safer Internet Day? 

Safer Internet Day is a global event that brings together communities, families, schools and organisations from more than 200 countries to help create safer online spaces.

This worldwide initiative celebrated 20 years in 2023, making it a great time to reflect as well as look forward. 

Technology has evolved dramatically in the past two decades and the benefits have been huge. These developments have also exposed us to many risks with real-world impacts, making online safety awareness even more important.  
That's why eSafety called on Australians to Connect. Reflect. Protect. for Safer Internet Day 2023.
Connect safely and with purpose – by keeping apps and devices secure and using social media in positive ways. 

Reflect before we act – by taking a moment to consider how what we do and say online may affect others. 

Protect ourselves and others by taking action – by telling family, friends or colleagues about eSafety and how we can help.  
By doing these simple things, we can work towards making every day a Safer Internet Day.


[A group of people talk individually about what connect, reflect and protect means to them]

'Connect, to me – I immediately think about my loved ones. So I think about my family and my friends.'

'Connection to me is primarily family.'

'Finding other people and having an understanding of other people.'

'Catching up with friends, going out for dinner, just being happy.'

'Feeling accepted.'

'I've lived long enough now to realise that that word carries so many different connotations.'

'To talk with someone, understand how they're feeling.'

'I'm at school all the time. It's very easy for me to connect with my friends.'

'I think it's just important for just navigating the world.'

'How do I reflect? That's a difficult question.'

'Taking my time.'

'You reflect all the time. You know, throughout your day, every decision you make, there is some kind of reflection that comes from that.'

'Reflecting on experiences, reflecting on things I've done, how they affected me.'

'How the things we say and do affect others.'

'I think about my dad and what he would say or what he might do.'

'When I think reflect, I usually think mirror.'

'If I'm reflecting on a thing that I think was a good thing I did, I think, how can I bring that into the future to help me further?'

'What person do you want to be? How do you want to be seen? Or how do you want to feel about yourself?'

'You can't help but think about, you know, the things that you have done, haven't done, should have done, didn't.'

'Looking back through the conversations that I've had, the interactions that I've had, how those have made me feel and how that's made other people feel. And I think that helps us learn about ourselves and others in the world.'

'There is a lot of negativity online.'

'There's a lot of nasty things in the world, unfortunately. So it's really important that we are aware of how we can protect ourselves and others that we care about.'

'I think about protecting people who are vulnerable.'

'You know, feeling empowered to control the conversation and control what details I share online, making my accounts private, controlling who's in my friends list.'

'Not talk to strangers for one. Maybe don't use untrustworthy links that don't sound right.'

'Would you do this if it was in real life? Would you send this to this person if you were talking to them in real life?'

'As a young woman, it's not always easy. It's not always a safe world. The same thing online, being aware of, you know, who I'm talking to, whether or not I know them, like, can I trust this source? Because everything online is not always as it seems.'

'I have the choice and I have the empowerment to be able to not engage with them.'

'Protect is just staying safe online, but also if you see bad behaviour, making sure you say that it's wrong.'

'Rather than be the the larrikin or the clown who's making all the fun and seeing the humour in things, really think hard about the person behind the laugh.'

'At the end of most social media accounts is a real human being and a real person. I think it really, I think that we can... it's good to remember that.'

[Australia's eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant speaks]

'The internet plays a huge part in our lives. And while it's given us so many benefits, it also exposes us to many risks.

'When you connect online, reflect on what you're going to say and do, and when you do, you’ll protect yourself and each other.

'Connect. Reflect. Protect.'

What does Connect. Reflect. Protect. mean to you?

References: Mind the Gap, 2022 (1,2,5,6); Digital lives of Aussie teens, 2021 (3,4); Adults’ negative online experiences, 2020 (7); Online hate speech, 2020 (8,9). 
*First Nations people.

How Australians supported Safer Internet Day 2023


Happy Safer Internet Day. 

Today is an opportunity for schools, communities and families to learn more about how to stay safe online, which is so important.

This year's theme, Connect, Reflect, Protect, encourages all Australians to reflect on how we can stay safe online and take action to protect ourselves, our family and our friends.

Our Budget delivered on our six-million-dollar commitment to make digital and media literacy tools developed by the The Alannah and Madeline Foundation. It's freely available to all schools. Not just those that can afford them. 

Our government is serious about online safety and I encourage everyone to find out more at

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese supports Safer Internet Day


Tuesday the 7th of February is Safer Internet Day. The theme of this year's campaign is Connect, Reflect and Protect. 

We can connect safely by keeping apps and devices secure and using social media in positive ways.

We can reflect by taking a moment to consider how our online behaviour may affect others.

And we can protect ourselves and others by sharing tips, tools and resources on staying safe online with our family, friends, classrooms and colleagues.

Australia has a proud world-leading online safety regulator, but not nearly enough people know that they can turn to eSafety for support. 

Did you know when abusive or violent or sexual content is sent to a child, parents and carers can report it to the eSafety Commissioner to have it removed.

The more people who know about the protections that eSafety offers, the safer our internet will be. 

This Safer Internet Day, I encourage you to connect to the tools and resources at, reflect on the actions you can take to stay safe online and take action to protect yourself your family and friends.

Australia's Minister for Communications Michelle Rowland gets behind Safer Internet Day

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Activities and resources

eSafety has a range of online resources to support schools and the community to Connect. Reflect. Protect.

Campaign kits

We encouraged people to download a campaign kit or individual resources to help promote online safety at home, school, work or in your community.


Workplace and community campaign kit

This kit includes ideas for posts and video messages plus advice about how to share your support on social media. It also suggests ways your workplace or community can learn more about online safety. 



Educator campaign kit

This kit includes resources to support your school’s online safety messaging. It includes content for your school newsletter, social tiles, a poster and flyers, a chatterbox activity and more.



Individual resources

Social media tiles and frame


Video call backgrounds



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