Safer Internet Day is here and this year's theme is "Together for a better Internet!"
But, you may be wondering, "what can I do to help contribute to a safer Internet?" Below we'll be providing a selection of useful resources that can help you to not only gain a better understanding and more confidence in managing various online issues and activities yourself, but that will allow you to support other family and friends in safely navigating and getting the most out of this wonderful resource.
- Course: Internet Safety for Students
- Time: 55 minutes 10 seconds
While this course targets students, it's an excellent overview for anyone looking to learn more about the Internet, including threats that exist and how to protect yourself against them, understanding digital footprints, and introducing digital citizenship.
- Course: Digital Citizenship
- Time: 1 hour 31 minutes
Another Lynda.com course. This one targets educators, but again is highly beneficial for anyone looking to improve a broad range of skills online and develop a greater understanding of what is meant by digital citizenship.
Lynda.com courses are available for FREE by logging in with your Kingston Libraries membership. If you've not used Lynda.com before, visit our Niche Academy tutorial to help you get set up and learn the basics of how to navigate this resource.
An Australian Government initiative, Be Connected provides access to a range of free self-paced tutorials to help you learn more about technology in your own time, at your own pace. Topics include The absolute basics, Getting to know your device, Getting started online, Safety first, Connecting to others, and more!
Looking for an overview of eSafety issues? The following webpage from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner provides access to information on various topics, including cyber abuse, social networking, balancing online time, digital reputation, and much more.
Another resource from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, iParent enables parents to learn more about the digital landscape, providing tips and support to help them create safer, more enjoyable online experiences for their children.
Games, Apps, and Social Networking
The following webpage provides information on various popular games, applications, and social networking sites, including support, safety information, tips for parents, and more.
From the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, Scam Watch is a website where you can learn more about scams, including current scams on the scene, how to get help should you need it, as well as report scams you may have seen.
The Internet is a powerful resource providing access to vast amounts of information and helps to connect people all over the world. It can be a bit daunting at times and there are certainly many dangers that exist online ready to catch the unwary, or turn one off from using the Internet altogether! This doesn't need to be the case, however. Equipped with the right knowledge, you can help protect yourself and those around you from these dangers, allowing you to take advantage of and enjoy the many great things the Internet has to offer.