County presents online sessions on internet safety, literacy

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From staying safe online to recognizing trusted information sources, Northumberland County is offering a free series of upcoming virtual education sessions.

The county launches Nov. 16 the first installment in its internet safety and literacy series for local residents and businesses. The education is being offered through the digital literacy program, an initiative to help foster a SMARTnorthumberland.

The program includes sessions on these three topics:

- Staying Safe on the Internet: Nov. 16 – Dec. 18:

In this session, participants will learn how to identify and defend themselves against common internet-based cyber threats, such as viruses, malware and phishing attacks delivered through fake emails and fake websites.

- Bias and Fact-Checking: Jan. 4 – Feb. 5, 2021:

This session will address bias, misinformation and disinformation on the internet and provide techniques and trusted sources to help participants with fact-checking and cross-referencing information.

- Stopping the COVID-19 “Infodemic”: Feb. 15 – March 19, 2021:

Through this session, participants will learn how to help stop the spread of misinformation and disinformation in the COVID-19 “infodemic” by identifying and sharing credible sources of information.

Each session will be offered online three times per week -- on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and on Fridays at 2 p.m. Registration is required. These sessions are presented by Tech’d Out and supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

“We are excited to bring these informative sessions to community members and local small businesses as part of our vision to build a SMARTnorthumberland,” said Tony Paulic, the county’s director of information technology.

“A SMARTnorthumberland focuses on using technology to create inclusive prosperity, tackle social and governance challenges and enrich quality of life for our community. During the development of our digital strategy in 2019, the need for digital literacy learning opportunities was identified as a key step towards building a digitally intelligent community. Providing residents and businesses with these essential skills will help foster an inclusive, prosperous and secure Northumberland.”

Community members can register now for the Staying Safe on the Internet session and are encouraged to stay tuned for updates about registering for the other two sessions in 2021.

To register, visit Northumberland.ca/ DigitalLiteracy.

Following registration, participants will receive a link to the learning session, which will be delivered through Zoom technology.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Northumberland News