September / 2017

eSmart week promotes smart and safe technology use

Digital

Equip yourself with vital e-knowledge and cyber-safety skills this National eSmart Week with free technology sessions and classes at Moreton Bay Regional Council’s libraries.

National eSmart Week, running from 4-8 September, is about encouraging smart, safe and responsible technology use.

To help celebrate, local libraries across Moreton Bay are hosting introductory smartphone, computer, iPad, tablet and game development classes with handy tips on managing cyber-issues and making the most of new digital technology.

Lifestyle and Amenity Spokesperson Councillor Matt Constance said libraries play a huge role in helping the community bridge the digital divide, and as part of that role, it’s important libraries also embrace being eSmart.

“In an ever-changing digital landscape it’s imperative to make sure you’re cyber-safe and to understand not only the benefits but also the risks involved with modern technology,” Cr Constance said.

“With council’s free technology sessions, you’ll learn how to use your new smartphone, computers and tablet devices, and also how to make sure you can confidently identify and deal with cyber security and safety issues when they arise.

“Being eSmart means having the necessary knowledge to guard against security and privacy risks, to find and download content in a legal and ethical manner, and to be able to manage relationships and reputations online.”

Cr Constance said as part of National eSmart Week, council’s libraries would also officially receive their eSmart accreditation.

“In working towards their eSmart accreditation, local libraries have integrated cyber-safety into staff training, policies, procedures and most importantly, in its technology classes.

“Our trained eSmart staff are now perfectly placed to help library customers use technology in a safe and responsible way.

“Ensuring that our libraries are eSmart will help better equip our community with the skills to access the online world safely and responsibly.”

The eSmart initiative is developed by The Alannah and Madeline Foundation in partnership with the Telstra Foundation to improve cybersafety and wellbeing, and facilitate digital inclusion in the community.

Find out more

You can find out what’s on at Moreton Bay Regional Council’s libraries for National eSmart Week online.

For more information on the eSmart initiative in local libraries head to www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/esmart

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