Many countries around the world continue to face the ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic that began around this same time last year. While its impact did not come into full effect until earlier this year, the shift it made for everyone to explore the internet and online platforms are clearly apparent. Businesses, schools, and even personal activities were communicated online more than any other time in our history. With connectivity around Fiji continuing to grow, the demand for online users to be safe and vigilant also grows. We urge you to be safe when interacting online. Be cautious about engaging with individuals that you may not know offline. Make sure to double check news about the virus with notable resources such as the World Health Organization. And report online abuse because a safer online journey begins with you.
Interpol's 2019 international child sexual exploitation database recorded more than 3,800 identified victims and more than 10,000 identified offenders. What does this mean for Fijians? It means that we must work together to protect our children from these online exploits. With the evolving trend of simply giving our mobile devices to our children and teenagers and continuing with our daily work, the deceptive yet subtle implications of the online world can lead to drastic and lasting effects While the covid-19 pandemic gives a rise to children accessing online platforms for education, entertainment and much more. We encourage parents to take heed of parental safety tips that can help protect our children online. Educators are also urged to familiarise themselves with their duties as frontline workers in continuing to shape the minds of our future.
Intimate images, explicit content, and other abusive digital communication are surfacing all across the internet in Fiji. While this is not new, it is vital for you, your family and your communities to be vigilant online. If you receive a image or video that was not intended for you, do not share it, do not forward it to someone else, delete it and report the content if you can. Let the person who sent it to you know that it is not appropriate. Start conversations in your home and communities around responsible online behaviour such as not accepting friend requests of online profile that you are not sure about or have never met offline. Being safe online is a collective effort that requires, parents, guardians, institutions and businesses to be socially responsible for how we engage on the internet.
In efforts to promote online safety, the Commission works to raise digital literacy and empowering Fijians to use the internet and online platforms safely and responsibly through community awareness programs, secondary school and university online safety sessions, and collaborating with stakeholders.
As the world is increasingly interconnected, everyone shares the responsibility of securing OnlineSpace
The OSC promotes online safety habits in community engagements, school awareness and more.
It is also a leading support for individuals facing online abuse such as...
If your complaint relates to content on a social media platform like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter then first report and it is related to abusive content or a violation of your privacy such as a undesired post of a photo or video of you or your child then first report this on the social media platform. Follow the links below for instructions of how to report:
If you are being bullied online you may lodge a report with the commission to assess and advise on the best steps to take to address the issue.
Also involved in sharing about online safety is an initiative by Fiji Police and Vodafone ATH Foundation who launched an SMS or text message channel for Vodafone users around the country to create a safer, secure, smarter community. It’s a free subscription that keeps you up to date with online safety tips and much more.
You can easily tune into the channel by dialling *679# on your device and pressing the call button, this will bring you to various prompts that you can follow to subscribe to the mSafe channel today!