Live the golden rule
I will act with empathy, compassion, and kindness in every interaction, and treat everyone with dignity and respect.
I will appreciate cultural differences and honor diverse perspectives. When I disagree, I will engage thoughtfully and avoid name calling and personal attacks.
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 someone’s reputation, or threaten anyone’s safety, including my own.
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.
Safer Internet Day 2021
Microsoft’s Digital Civility Index is in its fifth year. Learn more about how life online has improved, and which online risks are the most concerning.
Download this year’s Digital Civility reports
We surveyed teens and adults in more than 30 geographies to examine the extent of negative behaviors and online interactions of 21 internet risks.