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Nessel discusses online challenges on National Safer Internet Day

'We should commit to creating a digital environment that prioritizes safety and security,” Michigan AG says
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LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel recognized National Safer Internet Day on Feb. 6

Safer Internet Day is an international education and awareness effort celebrated in over 100 countries. It is a day to bring communities together and discuss the challenges families face navigating the digital world and to empower them to use technology responsibly and respectfully.   

Every day, people use the internet to stay connected with friends and family members. Schools and educational institutions use it to connect students to tools and resources.

Libraries can share books all over the country, creating a larger virtual library. Users visit their banks, their doctors, order medication, and shop. But anytime we are online, we face the potential of becoming a victim of internet crimes, from cyberbullying and identity theft to fraud and human trafficking.   

As our lives become more intertwined with the internet for everyday tasks, it is important to use the following safety tips when online so we can protect ourselves and our loved ones. 

  • Protect Personal Information: Protecting personal information, such as passwords and addresses, helps prevent identity theft and fraud. 
  • Prevent Cyberbullying: Online safety measures can reduce the risk of cyberbullying and ensure the internet remains a positive space for communication and learning.
  • Enhance Digital Literacy: Educating individuals about online safety improves their digital literacy, enabling them to navigate the online world.
  • Promote Responsible Citizenship: Encouraging responsible online behavior promotes good digital citizenship as well as a culture of respect and empathy. 

“On Safer Internet Day this year, we should commit to creating a digital environment that prioritizes safety and security,” said Nessel.

“I always encourage Michigan residents to protect their personal and financial information on the internet, but we should also be mindful of how we can engage in online spaces and communities in a way that fosters safe exchanges and respect for one another.” 

Additional information on consumer safety is available on the Attorney General’s website. 

Consumers may also contact the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Team at:  

Consumer Protection Team
P.O. Box 30213
Lansing, MI 48909
Fax: 517-241-3771
Toll-free: 877-765-8388
Online complaint form