Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day takes place February 7. The initiative aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues or continuing challenges, including cyberbullying, social networking, and digital identity. The international effort began as an initiative of the EU Safe Borders Project in 2003 and is now observed in 180 countries and territories. Globally, it’s coordinated by the Brussels-based Insafe/INHOPE Network, with the support of the European Commission.
ConnectSafely has been the official U.S. host since 2013. The global theme this year is Together for a Better in Internet, with focus on five topics: media literacy and critical thinking, civility, picking on peers, wellness, identity and self-respect and scams, predators and creeps.
For ACI Learning, this day is important because internet safety is at the core of what we do: Our mission is to give the world confidence, helping professionals and the organizations they serve to protect data and privacy, leverage information technology, anticipate risks and defend business-critical systems and assets. Digital literacy and internet safety are so tied to our mission that we recently launched a digital literacy and safety initiative, called Essential Digital Skills Training. The effort provides hours of free content for those wanting to learn how to safely and effectively navigate the digital world.
If you or an organization you are part of are interested in participating in the conversation this year, you can follow along using hashtags #SID2022, #SaferInternetDay and tag @connectsafely on: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Digital Learning Day
Here at ACI Learning, we’re obviously biased on the next day but February 23 marks Digital Learning Day – perhaps our favorite holiday of the year!
Digital Learning Day is celebrated annually on the last Thursday of every February and is an ongoing initiative led by the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) to engage students and empower educators through the effective use of digital tools. In particular, the day seeks to highlight educators who use technology. The effort began in 2012 in the United States and is now a nationwide event dedicated to recognizing and sharing high-quality instruction that uses technology. Digital learning took on new significance and recognition in 2020, as a pandemic forced educators around the world to pivot to online instruction for months or even longer. This greatly accelerated adoption and acceptance of digital learning as not only effective, but nimble and innovative.
ACI Learning offering Essential Digital Skills Training
February’s technology-focused awareness days are great timing, because ACI Learning recently announced a new initiative aimed at increasing digital literacy and safe internet use: The Essential Digital Skills Training initiative provides more than 30 hours of free content for those wanting to learn how to safely and effectively navigate the digital world. To broaden the reach of this free training, ACI Learning is partnering with leading educational, corporate and community leaders to ensure all adults have the essential digital skills they need to progress in work and life. With the continuously changing digital landscape, it’s overwhelming for individuals to keep up with the latest technology trends and demands. ACI Learning’s free content is created in many different formats, including video, virtual or live instructor-led, anime style, etc. Courses include, but are not limited to, topics such as:
Using a variety of devices
Creating and editing documents
Configuring display settings
Buying and transacting online
Adjusting settings such as date and time
Communicating via email
How to stay safe and secure when using technology
Free for organizations that want to provide to their members, students, or community, ACI Learning’s Essential Digital Skills Training can be used as a stand-alone resource or in conjunction with tutor-led teaching. Organizations interested in providing this free training to their employees, members, customers, or communities can request access to the course at https://go.acilearning.com/edsq.
Become a Digital Defender
If you’d like to delve deeper than our Essential Digital Skills Training and become a true security expert, we’ve got you covered. For those who prefer self-paced study, check out all our course offerings at ITPro, like CySA+, CASP+ and PenTest+.
If you prefer to study with a live instructor, consider training with ACI Learning Hubs. Courses include CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, CEH, CND, and more. Students get support from our Career Services team to help them find employment after training.
We’re proud to help train the professionals that help secure networks and devices.