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 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.
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.
Cybersafety is everyone’s business. Be safe, be smart.
Check out these sites for more online safety resources and tips
- Stay Smart Online – Stay Smart Online is the Australian Government’s online safety and security website, designed to help everyone understand the risks and simple steps we can take to protect our personal and financial information online.
- Office of Children’s eSafety Commissioner – eSafety information for parents and kids
- Kids Help Line – Staying Safe Online
- Go Digi – online learning guides – Tech guides including several on online safety and security
- National Centre Against Bullying (Alannah & Madeline Foundation) – 10 Steps to Deal with School Bullying and Cyber Bullying
- GCF Learn Free – Online Safety – Online Safety tutorials that will provide you with the strategies, skills, and mindset needed to protect yourself, your computer, and your privacy when you connect with the Internet.
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.