Safer Internet Day is celebrated worldwide to encourage the safe and positive use of the internet and digital technologies such as mobile phones, especially among children and young people. The theme for 2015 was “Let’s Create A Better Internet Together”

New Zealand’s Safer Internet Day is coordinated by the team here at NetSafe. For details on Safer Internet Day 2016, click here.

SID 2015 Supporters

19 national and international organisations participated in NZ SID 2015. The day highlighted the great work that these organisations undertake all year round to promote internet safety. Supporters ran activities throughout the day to raise awareness about internet safety issues. You can find out more about the 2015 event and our supporters on our dedicated microsite.

More Information from Safer Internet Day 2015:

Read our media release for the day: Safer Internet Day partners work to combat rising internet harms in New Zealand

To mark Safer Internet Day, NetSafe published a report on the full range of online challenges that New Zealanders faced in 2014 (PDF).

NetSafe handled over 8000 incidents in 2014 and recorded almost $8m lost to a wide variety of online scams and computer security issues. The report also looks at other harms that Kiwi internet users can suffer including the emotional impact of online harassment and bullying and privacy concerns around the loss of data and identity information.

Highlights from the report include:

  • More than one in ten of the incidents that NetSafe handled in 2014 involved bullying or online harassment and reports were received from young people and adults alike;
  • NetSafe recorded over 1000 privacy related reports during the year;
  • The average financial loss reached $9300 and more than 30 losses greater than $50,000 were recorded