Top 5 Cyber Safety Resources for Libraries

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1. Parenting in the Digital Age

Libraries have always been a vital resource for parents and this now extends to the digital world. From eSmart nursery rhymes to cyber safety information sessions, parents are benefiting from the knowledge of their local librarian and being introduced to a range of helpful cyber safety resources.

eSmart recommended online resource: iParent

Run by the Office of eSafety Commissioner, iParent provides a platform for parents to understand current cyber safety issues and stay up to date with trends. It is easy to read covers a range of topics including cyber bullying, unwanted contact and balancing online time.

2. Digital Reputation

A teenager looking for their first job attends a library class on resume writing and borrows a book on interview techniques. They may even have gained the skills they need for the job by attending coding classes at their library. This may all count for nothing. With a majority of employers including a Google Search as part of their recruitment, a good digital reputation has never been more important.

eSmart recommended online resource: Telstra Cyber Tip Sheets

Telstra have put together a range of tip sheets including resources for parents and teens around building a positive digital footprint.

3. Staying Safe Online

Traditionally describing the library as a ‘safe space’ was a reference to physical space, however increasingly this definition has been extended to the online world. Community members have benefited from library expertise, learning how to update privacy settings, protect their device and select good passwords.

eSmart Recommended resource: Protect Yourself in 8 steps – Stay Safe Online

Stay Smart Online is a government website with information and the ability to sign up and receive alerts. This booklet contains easy-to-read information on the eight steps that will protect you online. 

4. Frauds and Scams

A bad online experience can undo a lot of the positive work around digital literacy. Teaching customers how to recognise an online fraud or scam has become a key ingredient in closing the digital gap. For many people their library has been a lifesaver, both financially and from a wellness perspective.

eSmart Recommended Resource: Scamwatch

Scamwatch is run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). It provides information on current scams, as well as how to avoid and report them.

5. Fake News

It’s a term that has burst on to the scene over the past 12-months and who better than libraries to educate and assist in the delivery of reliable information. The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) write ‘Critical thinking is a key skill in media and information literacy, and the mission of libraries is to educate and advocate its importance.’

eSmart Recommended Resource: IFLA Fake News

IFLA have put together a series of printable infographics in a variety of languages tackling this important issue.

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