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What do you know about being safe online?

Friday 22 May 2015

Participation in a national study aiming to increase awareness of online safety is being offered through Bega Valley Shire Council’s library service.

The independent eSmart Libraries study run by the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and the University of Western Sydney offers participants the opportunity to increase their awareness of online risks.

Council’s Library Coordinator, Anne Cleverley said the study is a response to an increasing number of people using an online environment to access information and services.

“This study will evaluate the eSmart Libraries initiative, which provides our library service, and hundreds of libraries across the country, with the skills to be safe, smart and responsible online.

“The eSmart libraries initiative aims to teach and support members of the local community to use technology confidently and safely, and aid library staff to integrate cybersafety into their systems and policies.

“Currently more than 40 per cent of public libraries in Australia are becoming eSmart, and I am pleased to say that we are supporting this valuable initiative.

“The online world is becoming a fundamental part of our lives every day, and libraries are at the forefront of providing internet access and assistance to the community.

“Being an eSmart library means we aim to provide an environment where staff and users can learn vital skills to feel safe and more confident online.

“The eSmart Libraries evaluation is seeking library members to complete an online survey and attend a one-hour focus group meeting or interview.

“The research team are keen to hear from library users aged 10 to 110 who would like to have their say about internet use and access, safety online and responsible use of technology. Your participation in the evaluation will help shape the eSmart Library system into the future.

“The 10-minute survey can be found at https://bit.ly/esmartstudy and is open until 25 May 2015. Focus Groups and interviews with library users will be held on the 15th and 16th of June in Bega  and we encourage any library users to let us know if they are interested in attending . Refreshments will be provided,” Ms Cleverley said.

To express your interest in participating in a focus group or to find out more information about the evaluation, please contact Rebecca Morecroft on 03 9937 1333 or email Rebecca.morecroft@yawcrc.org.au or contact Gary Bolton at Bega Valley Shire Library Service 6499 2127.

About the Young and Well CRC | youngandwellcrc.org.au

The Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre is an Australian-based, international research centre that unites young people with researchers, practitioners, innovators and policy-makers from over 70 partner organisations. The Young and Well CRC is established under the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Program.

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