Internet Safety Guide launched at library

A unique new Louth-produced internet safety guide aims to prevent older people becoming cyber victims and curb the fear many have of using the internet.

The first-of-its kind booklet which encourages older people to surf online with confidence was launched this week at the County Library by Dragon’s Den personality and age friendly advocate Gavin Duffy.

The information guide was devised by the Louth Citizens Information Service and supported by the Louth Age Friendly Programme to increase the usage of IT by older people and create awareness of the pitfalls of being online.

The comprehensive guide details all the dangers of the internet and advises on how to spot scams, protect passwords, buy safely online and become more cyber savvy.

The guide also gives older people an insight on online problems facing teenagers and children, who are often in the care of their grandparents.

The booklet, written by Dave Donnellon, was designed to take the fear out of using the internet and instill confidence in more older people to go online.

“The issue of the internet came up quite significantly during meetings of the Louth Older People’s Forum which seeks to address and tackle issues facing the older generation,” said Louth Age Friendly County Co-ordinator Mary Deery.

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