As we speak is Safer Web Day, a world occasion the place folks and organizations come collectively to work in the direction of creating a greater web for all. Now, greater than ever, it’s important that all of us learn to critically consider the data we see and listen to. The previous few years have been marred by allegations of political interference, misinformation, so-called “pretend information,” and conspiracies—a lot of that are shared extensively on the net. As a result of there are extremes on each facet, it may be tough at instances to search out protected, dependable info and see a balanced view. If we solely hearken to issues we imagine in, we danger changing into a part of an echo chamber and by no means seeing or listening to different legitimate factors of view.
This yr, the themes for Safer Web Day are “The web begins with I & ends with T” (U.S.) and “An web we belief: exploring reliability within the on-line world” (U.Okay.). Within the U.S., “begins with I” asks everybody to consider “what I can do to make the web higher,” whereas “ends with T” reminds us that we’re all on this collectively. That features households, firms, governments, and everybody else. All of us have a task to play. As we speak’s additionally the right time to speak together with your children and youths about how they critically consider the data they see on-line. How do they examine details? Listed below are some concepts:
- Counsel that they have a look at a number of sources of data.
- Ask a trusted individual, maybe a member of the family or instructor. Get a number of opinions!
- Go to information fact-checking companies, equivalent to Snopes, which they’ll simply entry.
- Speak about particular subjects equivalent to understanding the distinction between bias, opinion, phrase of mouth, and tutorial analysis. How may they impression your choice making?
Right here’s how Roblox is taking part in its position
For Safer Web Day, we needed to take a second to spotlight a number of the ongoing work we’ve been doing to advertise the protected and accountable use of expertise.
In 2020, as a part of our Digital Civility and Training efforts, we launched an exercise for faculties the place younger folks can play a scavenger hunt sport on Roblox and take a look at their crucial considering expertise. For Safer Web Day, why not take a while to have enjoyable, play collectively, and examine your fact-checking talents?
We even have one other new collectible merchandise accessible for a restricted time to mark the occasion once more this yr. Encourage your children and youths to put on this hat with delight and assist us unfold the message whereas they play their half to be “collectively for a greater web.” The extra those who get entangled, the extra impactful the day will probably be! We’re additionally encouraging all our workers all over the world to assist elevate consciousness on their social channels by utilizing the hashtags #AnInternetWeTrust and #SID2021 and speaking with their households about this yr’s themes.
Within the background, we’ve been recording a brand new podcast with Jordan Shapiro, writer of The New Childhood: Elevating Youngsters to Thrive in a Linked World. This will probably be launching within the subsequent few months on all of your favourite streaming platforms. With visitors together with sport builders, a number of the world’s main lecturers, pediatric specialists, educators, and other people devoted to creating the web a nicer and safer place, it guarantees to be an important useful resource for anybody interested by “the digital future.”
Lastly, ConnectSafely hosts Safer Web Day in America and kindly requested us to assist elevate consciousness by collaborating in a particular occasion dubbed an “Trade Perception.” We joined a number of large tech firms to speak about our efforts to construct protected, wholesome communities. You’ll be able to watch it right here.
What are you able to and your loved ones do to make the web a greater place in 2021?