- Wednesday 06 January 2010
Sunshine Coast libraries are holding free internet safety training sessions throughout January so residents can learn how to protect their computers from cyber crime.
At the sessions, residents will learn about cyber bullying, identity theft, scams, computer protection and protecting a wireless connection from unauthorised users.
Ross Duncan, Manager Learning Communities said internet-based crime, fraud and bullying was on the increase and parents play a critical role helping their children to have safe, positive experiences online.
“With increasing use of the internet, particularly by young people, internet safety is becoming an issue,” said Mr Duncan.
“Children may—unwittingly or deliberately—share personal information without realising the risk of identity theft, or leave online content that is not in their best interests.
“While teenagers might be caught out by the commercial side of the internet—through advertising, scams or through sharing downloads of music or television programs.
“Parents, who are aware how and why children and young people use the internet, with strategies in place to manage the risks, can greatly increase the safety of their children and families.
“These sessions will be of interest to anyone who has a home computer.”
The new smartphones and online games such as World of Warcraft will also be covered.
The internet safety training sessions will be held at:
Kawana Library, Tuesday 12 January, 2.30pm. Ph: 5444 8022
Beerwah Library, Thursday 14 January, 11am. Ph: 5494 0221
Coolum Library, Thursday 14 January, 2.30pm. Ph: 5446 3122
Maleny Library, Monday 18 January, 11am. Ph: 5429 6222
Nambour Library, Monday 18 January, 2.30pm. Ph: 5441 8332
Noosa Library, Tuesday 19 January, 11am. Ph: 5442 4411
Maroochydore Library, Tuesday 19 January, 2.30pm. Ph: 5475 8900
Bookings are essential.