19 June 2020

Help your kids stay cyber smart for free

| My Gungahlin
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Helping your kids stay cyber smart and safe when online is easy with new evening programs starting next week at Libraries ACT.

Sessions will be offered for free by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner as part of a national program of Cybersmart initiatives. These are part of a six month pilot program being used at Libraries ACT that could possibly be rolled out across other libraries around Australia in the future.

“Parents and children are invited to any of the three 90 minute sessions at Libraries ACT, starting on Monday,” Minister Fitzharris said.

“These sessions have been designed for parents, carers and teachers, as well as young people, with a series of easy to understand tips to stay safe when using the internet.

“Some of the topics to be discussed will include understanding how young people are using technologies, and the potential risks for children online such as cyberbullying, identity theft, inappropriate contact and exposure to inappropriate content.

“Library branches at Woden, Gungahlin and Dickson will offer the opportunity for free next week.

“Libraries ACT staff have been trained by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner’s experienced online safety trainers and are ready to provide assistance to all library users, young and old.

“This goes hand-in-hand with helping to make our public libraries an eSafe space for children and adults who use the internet and emerging technologies.

“Young people use digital technology to a great extent, and while there are many benefits, there are also risks.

“It is hoped that parents can learn about some of the risks next week and ways to manage them,” Minister Fitzharris said.

The three repeat sessions will be held at Gungahlin Library from 6 pm till 7.30 pm on Wednesday 9 March 2016 at Gungahlin Library. Bookings are essential. For more information visit www.library.act.gov.au or phone 6205 9000.

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