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Public Tech Instruction: Internet Safety

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Webinar Description

How does your library address questions about Internet safety? Do you offer classes in how to protect your privacy online?

Internet safety can be a tricky subject to teach. It is an essential skill to include in basic digital literacy instruction, but determining what content to include and how to teach it can present many challenges. Information about Internet safety, computer security, and online privacy can change on a regular basis, making it difficult to design curriculum and teach classes without a fear of becoming outdated.

Internet safety instruction doesn't have to be difficult, though! This session will share best practices for teaching Internet safety in group and individual settings to patrons in public libraries and nonprofit organizations. In this webinar, We hear from the Monroe County Public Library (Indiana) about the types of Internet safety instruction they have been offering, and how they approach teaching this topic. We also share tips for how to use and adapt existing instructional materials that are freely available to ensure that the information presented is accurate and up to date.

This webinar is part of a series of webinars highlighting public technology instruction. Each webinar will explore a different topic or aspect of teaching tech in public libraries, and will provide practical tips for libraries of all sizes.

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Speaker Information

Austin Stroud is the instructional designer for the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, Indiana, where he handles all public technology training as well as staff development. He also works an adjunct faculty member for Ivy Tech Community College, teaching library technology and student success courses, and as an IT Training Assistant for Indiana University. Austin has completed Masters degrees in library science and instructional systems technology from Indiana University. He has 10 years of library-related work experience in both academic and public library environments.

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