Sefton residents urged to keep safe online

Keep safe online

With the prevalence of services being offered online, it is more important than ever to clue up on how to stay safe when using the internet. That’s why Include-IT Mersey, a project offering free computer courses and drop ins across the Liverpool City Region, are collaborating with Merseyside Police to offer free online safety sessions.

The sessions will run at Include-IT Mersey’s current free digital drop ins across the boroughs of Merseyside. Merseyside Police’s Digital Community Support Officer will be attending to answer questions and give information and advice about how to stay safe online.

Lauren Jones, Volunteer Coordinator, who organises Sefton drop ins said:

“The internet is a fantastic tool but you do need to be aware of how to use it safely. That’s why we welcomed working with Merseyside Police’s Digital Community Support Officer to offer the local community hints and tips on just this.

Our course has a module on internet safety and our Digital Champion volunteers can offer support at our drop ins but if anyone thinks they have been a victim of fraud it is really important to report it.”

The Sefton sessions will take place on the following days:

Wednesday 22nd August at the library in The Atkinson, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DB. Drop in between 10am and 1pm.
Wednesday 5th September at Strand By Me shop, ground floor, Bootle Strand Shopping Centre, Bootle, L20 4SZ. Drop in between 11am and 2pm

Some examples of the types of topics the officer can give advice on are: passwords, types of scams, online banking, online shopping, social media, keeping your child safe online and more. The safety sessions are open to anyone, whether I.T. savvy or not.

Include-IT Mersey’s digital drop ins run weekly and provide support to anyone who would like a bit of extra help on a computer, laptop, tablet or phone. Beginners, if eligible, can join one of the free courses offered by the project if they would like to expand their knowledge of computers.

For more information on this, or to find out where your nearest training venue is, please contact Sefton CVS on 0151 920 0726 (212) or for those online, email includeitmersey@seftoncvs.org.uk