More than a dozen Grand Rapids-area students recently spent an afternoon learning about the importance of social media privacy settings, how to react if approached by a stranger online, and how to spot and report cyber bullying.
The free Internet Safety training is a result of our partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth. Together, we offer local residents a series of digital literacy classes through Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which is designed to bridge the digital divide.
Internet Safety was first of five digital literacy classes to be offered for free this year at the Boys & Girls Club. Future class topics will include Internet basics for adults and job readiness.
Established in 2011, Internet Essentials provides eligible families with low-cost Internet access ($9.95 + tax per month), low-cost Internet-ready computers ($149.99 + tax) and free digital literacy training. Originally aimed to meet the needs of families with school-aged children with at least one child eligible for the National School Lunch Program, Comcast now also offers Internet Essentials to anyone who qualifies for public housing or HUD assistance. For more information on Internet Essentials or a training class, visit www.internetessentials.com.