This course has concessions available

Internet Safety for Beginners

Stay online without worry after taking this course. Browse effectively to shop for the latest bargains, understand the features of different sites and the variety of payment methods. Learn how to be vigilant and deal with unwanted communication, thus protecting yourself from identity fraud. Run software scans/checks on your PC/Laptop or Mobile Device to ensure it is kept updated and away from viruses.

Please note that the Wednesday course will take place at Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 ORB.
This is a new Mary Ward Centre location and is a short walk from Southwark Tube Station

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Who is this course for

For those who wish to learn how to keep themselves safe when using the internet to confidently carry out tasks such as emailing, online banking and ordering online. No previous experience is required. Students can bring their own device. For class activities experience of using Windows 10 PCs is recommended but not essential.

What does this course cover

Browsing online, downloading and sharing files such as images and documents. Preventing pop ups (ads) when browsing. Creating strong passwords, reporting and protecting yourself from scams and identity theft. Managing privacy on social network sites such as Facebook. Shopping online on sites such as ebay and Amazon, understanding payment methods and protection when using Credit/Debit cards and Paypal. Knowing your consumer rights when buying online. Keeping your system (PC/Laptop/Device) updated and protected from malicious software such as malware and viruses.

By the end of the course you should be able to:
Identify Secure and Non Secure sites.
Know how to create a strong password.
Be safe when using Email and shopping online.
Be able to run and install updates on your PC, Laptop and Mobile Device.

What will it be like

Demonstration using Smartboard through computer-linked projectors, exposition and discussion. One-to-one and Group work. Through tutor-guidance and hands-on experience, the completion of the course objectives.
Ongoing monitoring of students' work including questions, observation and tasks. Start and End of class student self-assessment/achievement tick sheet.

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Materials are supplied free of charge by the Centre.
As much practice as possible to reinforce learning. This may be at home or elsewhere or from homework given by the tutor.

What this course could lead to

Computers for improvers, Social Media, the Web and email courses; Creative Software Introduction.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference.   We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’