The top 5 online risks, based on a study of 14 countries are:
1) Unwanted contact
2) Being treated uncivilly
4) Receiving unwanted sexts
5) Online harassment
It's been reported that 2 out of 3 of us have fallen victim to at least 1 of these 5 risks. And 50% of those polled reported being extremely or very worried about life online generally.
We agree with Microsoft, it is time for all of us to commit to doing something about this. Here at NICD we will continue our campaign to #ReviveCivility and our commitment to treat each other, in person as well as on line, respectfully, and when necessary agreeing to disagree civilly. So please join NICD in embracing Microsoft's Digital Civility Challenge to help make our online life a more civil place, and ask your friends and followers to do the same.
The Challenge is:
1) Live the Golden Rule.
I will act with empathy, compassion and kindness in every interaction, and treat everyone I connect with online with dignity and respect.
2) Respect differences.
I will appreciate cultural differences and honor diverse perspectives. When I disagree, I will engage thoughtfully and avoid name calling and personal attacks.
3) Pause before replying.
I will pause and think before responding to things I disagree with. I will not post or send anything that could hurt someone else, damage my reputation, or threaten my safety or the safety of others.
4) Stand up for myself and others.
I will tell someone if I feel unsafe, offer support to those who are targets of online abuse or cruelty, report activity that threatens anyone's safety, and preserve evidence of inappropriate or unsafe behavior.
We must continue to fight to #ReviveCivility whether it is at the town hall meeting, a grocery store encounter or online. Together, we can make it happen.