Safer Internet Day To Be Held On February 9th

February 4, 2016

On February 9th, the Department of E-Commerce will host the second annual Safer Internet Day at Somersfield Academy from 10am to 1pm.

The free event is sponsored by BF&M, Butterfield Bank, Clarien Bank, Digicel, and Somersfield Academy and is specifically geared towards the Island’s seniors and aims to remind them of the many ways to stay safe online. A light lunch will be served and a free shuttle service will be provided by Project Action, departing from City Hall.

Although the use of the Internet and related technologies is increasingly convenient and prolific, so are its dangers, the Department said.

Mr. Sean Lee, Executive Vice President of Retail Banking at Butterfield stated, “As online criminals become more sophisticated, it is important that we are aware of how to keep our information secure on the Internet. Events like Safer Internet Day help us—and importantly our seniors—find the right tools to enjoy our online experience.”

Many scams specifically target senior citizens. On Safer Internet Day, visitors will interact with professionals from the Cybertips team, the Bermuda Police Service, Ageing and Disability Services and Bermuda Executive Services Limited. They, in addition to the sponsors, will share tips and tricks on how to safely enjoy the many benefits that technology brings.

BF&M President & CEO John Wight said, “BF&M chose to sponsor Safer Internet Day as an event geared towards helping the island’s seniors, ensuring that they feel comfortable with general web use, and avoid being targeted by fraud. We are also delighted to inform them of our products and services. Our seniors are important to us and remain a focus of our endeavours.”

Director of E-Commerce Marisa Stones indicated that the origin of Safer Internet Day laid within the Cybertips initiative, for which her team draws from many committed community partners from the profit and non-profit sectors, public and private, including the Bermuda Police Service.

The priority of Cybertips is to uphold the safe use of the Internet by students, educators, seniors, and the general public. She stated: “The Cybertips team has been hard at work, actively reaching into the community, and encouraging more deliberate thought about, and adoption of, safer Internet practices on the Island.”

Adding to the resources available for Bermuda’s seniors to remain safe online, Clarien Bank explained: “The online security of our clients is of utmost importance. We are proud to partner with the Department of E-Commerce for Safer Internet Day and encourage our senior clients and the greater community to be vigilant against fraudulent online activity.

“We look forward to sharing additional cyber tips and answering questions during the event to help foster a more secure online environment and reduce instances of scams and phishing.” Information regarding Clarien’s online security tips and measures is available here.

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