Be part of Safer Internet Day to create a safer online world for patients and families

Be part of Safer Internet Day to create a safer online world for patients and families

Safer Internet Day

Online safety is more important than ever. Over the past year Kiwis have spent a record amount of time online, which also means the chances of online harm have also increased. 

New Zealand’s online safety organisation Netsafe has observed “scam loss reports increase by 69 percent, reports from educators skyrocket 58 percent, requests for help with digital parenting balloon 155 percent and notifications of objectionable material being supplied or distributed grow 66 per cent.” 

Because of these numbers, Safer Internet Day 2021 will be the most significant ever. Hosted by Netsafe and celebrated every February, the day is dedicated to promoting a safer online world. 

Patients First is proud to be an official supporter of Safer Internet Day. In the context of New Zealand’s health system, consider the amount of time you spend using online services and apps as part of your day-to-day job. Imagine the damage that could be done if a hacker accessed and held patient information at ransom. Not only could the hacker lock you out from accessing your patient’s data, they could also read deeply personal and private details about the patient’s health situation.   

It’s not all doom and gloom though, and there are easy ways that you can create a safer online world for your patients and their families, and your own family too. 

Netsafe has provided a list of 5 Safer Internet Day Basics: 

  1. Take a fresh look at the tools and platforms you’re using and do an online profile check-up. 
  1. Use strong passwords, make sure you’ve got passcodes or pins on your devices in case they are stolen, and activate two-factor authentication
  1. Stop and think before clicking on links
  1. Have regular, non-judgemental conversations with your kids about what they’re doing online. 
  1. See something, say something – report suspicious or upsetting activity to Netsafe. 

Plenty of other resources are also available on the Safer Internet Day website, such as posters, presentations and conversation starters for families. 

If you’d like more support or information about Safer Internet Day or anything cyber security-related, don’t hesitate to contact us