Internet Safety programme

The Optimist Club will be
presenting an Internet safety workshop at the Mary Miller Hall on Saturday, 12
June, starting at 10am. The free workshop is open to all members of the public
and is designed allow both adults and children to learn about Internet safety,
according to the Club’s President Elaine Harris.

“This workshop will cover all areas
of Internet safety and parents with children who are searching the Internet, as
well as people who are making transactions online will be empowered by exposing
themselves to this type of information,” she explained.

Ms Harris added that because just
about everyone uses the Internet now, it was all the more reason for individuals
to be savvier than before and it was time for a course like this in the Cayman
Islands. 

Computer experts will cover a range
of subject matter during the day, equipping visitors with the tools they will
need to avoid being a victim of identity theft, credit card fraud and other
types of Internet crime.

There will also be a question and
answer period.

“I was impressed to find out that
when deciding to make a purchase online, to make sure the web site was secure,
I had to look for https, before the URL of the site. If it just appears as http
before the URL on a page, the site is not secure and you probably should not
use your credit card in such an instance. It is really quite interesting to see
how much we really don’t know,” said Ms Harris.

Who continued: “This is something
that we would be interested in taking into the schools at some point as well,
as it is hoped that this particular programme is one that the Optimist Club
will continue.”

The Optimist Club is a growing
organization in the Cayman Islands, in which the individuals focus primarily on
the development of youth. The club is comprised of both adults and young people
who also focus on community projects.

The Club’s mantra is, “bringing out
the best in youth”.

They meet every first and third Thursday
at the Hibiscus Conference Room at the George Town Hospital. Those interested
in joining the club can do so by simply attending the meetings, according to Ms
Harris.