National Security Minister Wayne Caines formally highlighted the 2018 Safer Internet Day for Seniors, set to take place next Tuesday, in what was also a family affair on a personal note.

For the occasion, Minister Caines was joined by his mother, Ms Shurnette Caines.

Mr Caines extended a warm welcome to invited guests and programme partners in attendance to highlight the event, which aims “to provide the Island’s seniors with the opportunity to learn about the different ways to use technology to their advantage and how to avoid dangers” like online fraud , identity theft, and other scams.

“The event will be celebrated globally on Tuesday, February 6th, with the slogan ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you’,” said the Minister.

“Through the Department of ICT Policy & Innovation, the Bermuda Government joins more than a thousand organisations worldwide to set in motion conversations about technology responsibility, respectfully, critically and creatively and to encourage healthy online habits.

“While many global organisations focus this event on the youth, we have chosen to focus on Bermuda’s ever-growing population of tech savvy seniors. The internet safety of Island’s seniors is paramount to all of us.”

He noted that while the internet is a great tool for seniors “to stay in touch with friends and family” and do other things online to “conduct business, plan travel, access records, and enjoy hobbies and interests,, each generation has unique exposures using various technologies”.

“The aim of this is free yearly event is to provide the Island’s seniors with the opportunity to learn the different ways to use technology to their advantage and how to avoid dangers such as online fraud, identity theft, etc.

“This year is no exception with topics including Cybersecurity, Social Media Savvy Seniors, eReaders and Online Banking. This initiative is made possible every year through partnerships with local organisations.

“The 2018 Sponsors include BF&M, Clarien Bank, Barritt’s and the Department of ICT Policy & Innovation. Today we are at Connectech, Bermuda’s first technology entrepreneurship incubator and training centre. Looking around one can see that this innovative facility offers co-working spaces for entrepreneurs, freelancers and creative teams.

“And an important point to note is that, Connectech also offers technology training courses for seniors here at 41 Cedar Avenue. The combination of cognitive activity, interpersonal engagement, technical skill building and just plain fun are all things seniors can expect when expanding their technological skills,” he added.

The Minister also commended the Department of ICT Policy & Innovation” for their dedication “to ensuring the necessary information is available to seniors island-wide”.

And he encouraged Bermuda’s seniors to come out.

“We hope to see you all at Safer Internet Day next week on Tuesday, February 6th at the Cathedral Hall, starting at 10am and going through to 2pm.

“From 2pm to 2:30pm, Senior High School Students will be on hand to assist the seniors with any questions they have about their devices. All seniors are welcome!”

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