Singapore Safer Internet Day Committe
The Media Literacy Council (Singapore) works in partnership with industry, community and government to champion and develop public education and awareness programmes relating to media literacy and cyber wellness. In an increasingly interactive and participatory media landscape, the Council seeks to cultivate and encourage the public to become discerning media consumers with the ability to evaluate media content effectively, and use, create and share content safely and responsibly. It also advises the government on how to respond to emerging issues relating to Internet and media content.
Safer Internet Day 2013
Singapore will, for the first time, join the world in celebrating Safer Internet Day on 5th February 2013. To mark Singapore’s participation, the Media Literacy Council is organizing a Youth Conference to help young people gain a better understanding of how they can be responsible digital citizens. In the first conference track, notable online content creators, bloggers as well as online experts will discuss challenges in online communications and share their thoughts on what it means to be responsible and informed participants in a participatory digital culture. Track 2 will feature young people who have pursued their dreams and passions using the Internet, and the Media Literacy Council hopes this will inspire Youths to harness the possibilities of cyber space to make the world a better place.
In addition to the Youth Conference, the Council is working with partners from the industry and public sectors, to hold a series of parent-child workshops on Internet safety at public libraries, and a mass media campaign to promote the event.
The Media Literacy Council (Singapore) is pleased to be helming Singapore’s inaugural participation in Safer Internet Day 2013. Singapore is one of the most highly wired countries in the world, with smart phone penetration of 74% and home broadband penetration at more than 80%. Empowered by the proliferation of mobile devices and easy connectivity to the Internet, Singaporeans are constantly communicating, tweeting, blogging, surfing, sharing and looking for information anytime and anywhere.
What online rights means to us
In line with the year’s theme, the Media Literacy Council wants to highlight the message that everyone has a part to play to make the cyber space a conducive, enriching and safe environment for the enjoyment and benefit of all. As a responsible digital citizen in a highly connected world, users need to exercise good judgement and make wise choices in the information they consume and share, and in the content they create. Just as important, users should stand up for good behaviour while discouraging other users from engaging in negative activities.