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Jodie and her son Jack receiving their Digital Wellbeing Course certificate

Digital Wellbeing: keeping our whānau safe online

Hutt City Libraries have teamed up with Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa (DIAA) to develop a Digital Wellbeing programme to help parents keep their whānau safe online

The course enables parents, grandparents and other caregivers to build their confidence, knowledge and skills in guiding and supporting safe online practices for themselves and their children.

The first Digital Wellbeing course was held in July with ten families successfully completing the programme. Since then another 70 families have completed the course and feedback has been very positive

“This was a great reminder of the basics of internet safety and keeping myself and my tamariki safe when using digital devices,” said Mark, a parent, grandparent and teacher. “I have come away with a great number of tools to pass on to others.”

Jack, 13, had fun learning with his mum: “We had some good discussions and debates.” Mum Jodie agreed: “It was great working together to complete the course.”

Lillian Pak, Programme Development Manager for Hutt City Libraries, said: “According to research commissioned by Internet NZ, 92% of New Zealanders are concerned about young people accessing inappropriate content on the internet. It is great to see parents and their tamariki learning alongside each other; having meaningful conversations about staying safe.”

Participants at the first Digital Wellbeing Course

The Digital Wellbeing programme is free to families who wish to participate in the pilot, thanks to funding from Internet NZ. As an additional benefit, the first 140 families to successfully complete the programme will be offered a free refurbished Microsoft Surface PRO tablet computer, donated by a local business partner.

Registration is essential for the Digital Wellbeing Programme; talk to staff at participating libraries for more information or call 04 570 6633.

Naenae Library
Sundays from 3-24 November, 1pm-3pm

Petone Library
Saturdays from 9-30 November, 10am-12pm

Wainuiomata Library, Wainuiomata Community Hub
9-10 November, 10am-2.30pm

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