Because of Covid restrictions, the Go ON NI programme has had to adapt this year and although we can’t provide any public events we are delighted to be working with a range of partners to deliver some useful online sessions to help the public better understand and explore Internet safety. So, if you are interested – or perhaps know someone who is less confident online or who got a new device for Christmas – then please check out our website and book your free slot.
Colin Cluney from the Department of Finance Digital Inclusion Team comments: “The Go ON NI programme encourages people to get online, but it also highlights the importance of security online as well as keeping safe when using Social Media. The internet can be a valuable and fun resource for entertainment, making friends, keeping in touch and learning, however it is essential to make sure you, your device, your information and your privacy are as secure as possible.”
Getting online allows access to all of the internet’s benefits, but it is also important to understand how you and your device could be at risk through online scams and even online fraud. Fortunately, there are a number of sensible and simple measures that can be taken to protect internet users against these risks, with help and advice available from the Go ON NI website https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/be-secure-online
Additional information about Safer Internet Day in general is available at www.saferinterdayday.org.uk