The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, is encouraging the uptake of cyber security.
He recently congratulated the participants of the tenth annual Safer Internet Day, themed 'Connect with respect', coordinated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
"Being a well-informed digital citizen is an important part of keeping your family and friends safe online," Senator Conroy said.
"By promoting positive online behaviour, and treating those online with respect, we make sure we can benefit safely from all the Internet has to offer."
ACMA is coordinating a number of Safer Internet Day activities as part of its Cybersmart Program.
It includes the participation of 11,000 students in Outreach Internet safety awareness sessions broadcasted via education department websites, as well as more than 1500 students taking part in Cybersmart Hero and Cybersmart Networking activities.
The organisation is also making available school lesson plans, videos promoting responsible digital citizenship, promotional posters and Safer Internet Day radio broadcasts for free from the Cybersmart website.
"Educating young people about how to be as safe as possible online is something all of us have a responsibility for. The government is continuing to promote user safety, as well as educating and raising awareness through the introduction of new social networking guidelines,” Conroy claimed.
He added that major online companies, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo!, have already signed up to support the government's work in targeting antisocial behaviour online.