Join the global celebration and unite for a better internet this Safer Internet Day! – 7 February 2017

Be the change. Unite for a better internet.

A call to all internet users to join together to make the internet a safer and better place for all – especially children and young people. 

Safer Internet Day 2017 poster - Be the change, unite for a better internet

Safer Internet Day has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns.

DIY eSafety checklist

The DIY eSafety checklist from www.esafety.gov.au asks us to evaluate our online behaviour to help be the change for a better internet. These are important checks for everyone when they go online. 

Safer Internet Day 2017 - DIY eSafety checklist infographic

Just the facts: 8 simple steps to verifying the information you find online

In this post truth age of fake news and alternative facts it’s important to always check and consider what you are reading online. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has produced this infographic with eight  things to consider when assessing the news and information. 

IFLA how-to-spot-fake-news infographic

Cybersafety is everyone’s business. Be safe, be smart.

Check out these sites for more online safety resources and tips

Libraries can help you

Libraries have a key role in supporting people not only to get online with access to free wifi and public access computers, but also to have the confidence and skills to use the internet effectively and safely.  By helping people to learn to become self-aware, critical users of information libraries can help build a healthy information society. Cockburn Libraries is currently working towards a national eSmart Libraries accreditation to better help you be eSmart and eSafe.

Know someone that needs basic help in getting started online? The library currently offers Tech Help sessions for basic one-on-one assistance in these areas

  • OverDrive – ebooks & eAudiobooks
  • BorrowBox – ebooks & eAudiobooks
  • Basic Word Processing
  • Basic Email
  • Basic Facebook
  • Phone help
  • Tablet help

So, for example,  if you need help in how to best manage your privacy settings in facebook, one of these Tech Help sessions would be the go.