North Yorkshire libraries will be supporting Safer Internet Day with sessions and events during February.
Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 6 February, under the banner Create, Connect and Share Respect. It will promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The county’s libraries help people of all ages to access information and services online and for many people are the only place they can go to for help to get online. As well as helping people to develop their digital skills, whether for job-seeking, health or financial information or just to have fun, libraries encourage people to stay safe online.
County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “We live in an age when increasingly if we want to access information, keep in touch with friends or take advantage of a whole range of benefits, we are doing it online. Our children might be more adept with technology than their parents, but they need to protect themselves and to be safe online. It’s important that whatever we do on the internet is positive and safe.”
Throughout February, libraries will provide information, host free safer internet workshops run by the County Council’s Adult Learning and Skills Service and offer opportunities for people to have a one-to-one session with an IT buddy.
Other events include:
Skipton: Safer Internet session at Skipton library on Monday 19 February, 10am to noon. The session will be taught by a County Council adult learning tutor and will be free for anyone aged 19 or over. It will promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology.
Knaresborough: Volunteers will be on-hand to offer IT support and one-to-one advice about staying safe online on Wednesday morning, 9.30am to 11am.
Boroughbridge: A volunteer will be on-hand to offer IT support and one-to-one advice about staying safe online on Tuesday from 2pm. Call the library on 01609 536629 to book a time.
Ripon and Boroughbridge: A Safer Internet session with an adult learning tutor will promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology, 21 February, 11am to 12.30pm at Boroughbridge and 2pm to 4pm at Ripon.
Scarborough: Tuesday, 6 February, Hinderwell School will visit to discuss how to stay safe online; Wednesday 7 February, the library Code Club will talk about internet safety and from 3pm to 3.45pm the library’s Reading Hack volunteer will hold a drop-in to answer questions about staying safe and parental controls on Xbox.
Eastfield and Filey will have displays and promotions.
Further events are being arranged, so to find out what is happening on the day and throughout February near you and for details of workshops, contact your local library.