Well, Day One of Get Safe Online Week 2012 is drawing to a close. It's been a long day, but immensely satisfying, as we feel we've really increased awareness in Cardiff, our first port of call.
We were at Cardiff Central Station from first light until 9.15 – giving out leaflets and giveaways to commuters, with a fantastic response. The information staff at the station have been wearing Click & Tell badges all day, and customers at nearby Burger King have been picking up our leaflets to read whilst munching their burgers.
On to Queens Arcade, and we set up our eye-catching stand in the shopping centre, again to hand out leaflets, foam hands and memory sticks to the good shoppers of South Wales. Meanwhile, the coach was parked outside the arcade all day, and we’ve been giving out free, unbiased, practical advice on anything from how not updating antivirus software could be making a lady’s computer slow down, to what parental control software is available for iPads, everything in between.
We were pleased to get the support of David Jones, Secretary of State for Wales, who visited the coach to chat with the team and a group of children from St Cadoc’s RC Primary School in Llanrumney, Cardiff. The children also chatted with us and our guest experts about online safety live, on BBC Radio Wales.
We braved on-and-off (mainly on) fine rain to spread the word on online safety. And as the afternoon drew to a close, it was very gratifying to see that people walking through the city were still clutching the leaflets we'd given them at the station this morning … so it’s working!
With everything packed away in the hold, the coach is now head back up the M4.
Next stop: Trafalgar Square. Hopefully, we’ll see you there.