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United Kingdom Named as the Safest Country for Internet Users

Microsoft just announced the UK as the world's safest country for internet users. | www_slon_pics / Pixabay

Microsoft just announced the UK as the world's safest country for internet users. | www_slon_pics / Pixabay

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that the United Kingdom is the safest country in the world for Internet users. The company released the result of their latest study in conjunction with the Safer Internet Day; an annual event celebrated worldwide to raise awareness about online issues like cyberbullying.

“On this international Safer Internet Day, we’re reminding people about our Digital Civility Challenge: four practical principles for safer and healthier online interactions,” Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft’s Chief Online Safety Officer, wrote.

The U.K. beat the United States, France, Belgium, and Germany for the number one spot. However, Microsoft noted that the country still faces a high number of abuse, scams, and unwanted contact.

According to the company, millennials were the most likely victims of this, with 62 percent claiming they have experienced moderate to severe abuse. The study also found that girls tended to suffer more than boys.

“Everyone can commit to the challenge actions this Safer Internet Day and pledge to adopt positive online habits and practices throughout the year.

– Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft

The Digital Civility Challenge

Aside from announcing U.K. as the safest country for Internet users, Beauchere also reminded and urged everyone to commit to the Digital Civility Challenge. This challenge contains four practical principles to make online interactions safer and healthier for everyone. The four principles include:

  1. Live the Golden Rule by acting with empathy, compassion, and kindness in every interaction, and treat everyone you connect with online with dignity and respect.
  2. Respect differences, honor diverse perspectives and when disagreements surface, engage thoughtfully, and avoid name-calling and personal attacks.
  3. Pause before replying to things you disagree with, and don’t post or send anything that could hurt someone else, damage a reputation or threaten someone’s safety.
  4. Stand up for yourself and others by supporting those who are targets of online abuse or cruelty, reporting threatening activity and preserving evidence of inappropriate or unsafe behavior.

“We hope you’ll get involved this Safer Internet Day and become an ambassador for digital civility today and throughout the year,” Beauchere added.

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