Li­braries em­brace cy­ber safety ini­tia­tive

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

4City of Kar­ratha li­braries have be­come the first in re­gional WA and only the sec­ond Statewide to achieve ac­cred­i­ta­tion in a na­tional li­brary cy­ber­safety pro­gram.

Li­brary staff last week launched eS­mart sta­tus, an ini­tia­tive pro­gram pro­mot­ing smart, safe and re­spon­si­ble use of tech­nol­ogy formed in 2012 by the Alan­nah and Made­line Foun­da­tion and the Tel­stra Foun­da­tion.

Cy­ber ed­u­ca­tion and safety ses­sions for se­niors, par­ents and chil­dren were held at Kar­ratha li­brary. The ac­cred­i­ta­tion ap­plies across all four City of Kar­ratha li­braries.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said li­brary staff were proud of the mile­stone, which had taken 13 months of work to achieve.

“Our li­braries team viewed the eS­mart ini­tia­tive as a gate­way to be­come a cen­tre for helping peo­ple in our com­mu­nity to man­age cy­ber­safety, deal with cy­ber­bul­ly­ing and learn more about smart, safe and re­spon­si­ble dig­i­tal be­hav­iours,” he said.

“This is the be­gin­ning of an on­go­ing com­mit­ment from City of Kar­ratha Li­braries to raise cy­ber safety aware­ness and to up­skill staff to be able to de­liver the in­for­ma­tion re­quired as needed.”

The eS­mart pro­gram in­cludes re­sources to boost se­niors’ con­fi­dence with tech­nol­ogy, help teens deal with cy­ber­bul­ly­ing and a cy­ber-smart li­cence sys­tem for chil­dren from pro­gram mas­cot Cy­ber Safe Sam.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Adri­anna Han­ley and An­nie Han­non get eS­mart at Kar­ratha li­brary with Tel­stra's Han­nah Wells and Boyd Brown.

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