Libraries and library workers
Libraries are important information hubs for all Australians, and are great places for people to find out about online safety.
eSafety offers resources through its website, as well as free community presentations on digital technology and online safety issues that would be suitable for delivery in a library context.
Free presentations for libraries
Improving the digital skills and confidence of older Australians.
eSafety is hosting a line-up of free online educational presentations for older Australians, as part of the Be Connected initiative. Topics include how to use government websites, staying safe on Facebook, how to avoid scams and safer online shopping and banking.
We are looking for libraries to get involved by hosting an event to stream these online presentations to your members.
We have a toolkit you can use to promote these sessions via your own channels including websites, social media and newsletters.
For an outline of the presentations running and how to register visit: beconnected.esafety.gov.au/bookings.
The Young Mentors program is a one-on-one, self-paced digital mentoring program which brings together older Australians and secondary school students to share skills and knowledge.
The program provides an opportunity for older participants to build confidence in using digital technology, which can create a greater sense of independence, provide greater access to services and also reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Students can share their digital skills and knowledge, as well as develop greater communication and problem solving abilities, while making an important social contribution.
This program has been developed by eSafety as part of the Be Connected initiative. Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative developed to increase the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians.
Greg, Aged & Disability Services librarian
Henry, older learner
eSafety resources for libraries
The eSafety website brings together a wealth of useful information to help Australians have safe enjoyable experiences online, specially designed for:
- kids fun activities and simple advice
- young people help and advice for teenagers and young adults
- educators classroom resources and programs to assist teachers, schools and community groups in guiding students to become responsible digital citizens
- parents and carers: tips to help their children safely navigate the online world
- women: tools to help women protect themselves from risks around technology-facilitated abuse and be more confident online
- seniors: advice to increase the digital skills, confidence and safety of those with limited digital literacy
The website also provides advice about specific online safety issues including:
- adult cyber abuse
- image-based abuse
- technology-related concerns for people at risk of family or domestic violence
Explore the latest eSafety research and statistics on online safety.