Tuesday 5 February 2019 is Safer Internet Day, a worldwide event raising awareness about internet safety. It is a great opportunity for individuals and communities to connect with tools to help them achieve a more positive online experience.
This year’s theme, “Together for a better internet”, encourages Australians and their communities to work together and support each other in learning how to navigate the online world. Everyone is urged to play their part, including children and young people, parents and carers, teachers, educators and social workers, as well as industry, decision makers and politicians.
Four skills are seen as necessary to help us though life online and offline. They are the four Rs:
- Respect – I treat myself and others the way I like to be treated
- Responsibility – I am accountable for my actions and I take a stand when I feel something is wrong
- Reasoning – I question what is real
- Resilience – I get back up from tough situations
Telstra’s free Tech Savvy Seniors program shows seniors how to stay safe online, and includes clear and simple information about getting started on social media. It’s a great way to help seniors confidently and safely connect with family and friends online.
Lynda.com is an online video training platform, which includes courses on everything from how to get started on social media to cybersecurity. With something to suit everyone from beginners to professionals, these courses are all free to State Library members. Not a member, join online.
It can be difficult to work out what information on the internet is reliable and trustworthy, and that is where libraries can really help! State Library provides free access to our valuable resources, both online and at the library, and our friendly staff love helping you find dependable information.
Learn more about Safer Internet Day and how to get involved.
Fiona Dixon, Librarian
Safer Internet Day: https://www.esafety.gov.au/saferinternetday
Telstra’s Tech Savvy Seniors: https://www.telstra.com.au/tech-savvy-seniors
Office of the eSafety Commissioner: https://www.esafety.gov.au/
Visit us: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/visit-us