The team at Get Safe Online has hailed day one of Get Safe Online Week 2012 a resounding success.
It was a long day in Cardiff but very satisfying, not least because of the number of people visiting the various locations where the team was administering free, pragmatic advice and distributing leaflets and giveaways.
First light saw team members and other experts at Cardiff Central Station giving out leaflets and giveaways to commuters, with a very enthusiastic response. The information staff at the station were wearing Click & Tell badges all day, and the Burger King outlet opposite the station kindly allowed the team to put leaflets on its counter for customers to read whilst munching their burgers.
Then it was on to Queens Arcade, with the eye-catching Click & Tell stand set up in the shopping centre, again to hand out leaflets, foam hands and memory sticks to the shoppers of South Wales. The coach was parked outside the arcade all day, and the team was giving out free, unbiased, practical advice on anything from how not updating antivirus software could make a laptop computer slow down, to what parental control software is available for iPads … and everything in between.
The team was delighted 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 Roman Catholic Primary School in Llanrumney, Cardiff (pictured above with Deputy Head Teacher Mrs Fischer). The children also chatted with the Get Safe Online team and guest experts about online safety, with the conversation being broadcast live on BBC Radio Wales.
As the drizzly afternoon drew to a close, it was very gratifying to see that people walking through the city were still clutching the information leaflets that they had picked up at the station in the morning.
Next stop London! If you'd like to come along for some great advice, here's where we're going to be for the rest of the week:
Tuesday 23 October: LONDON
Trafalgar Square 9.00am – 4.30pm
Waterloo Station 7.30am – 9.00am
Wednesday 23 October: LEEDS
Briggate Centre 9.00am – 4.30pm
Leeds Station 6.00am – 9.00am
Thursday 24 October: EDINBURGH
Castle Street 9.00am – 4.30pm
Edinburgh Waverley Station 7.30am – 9.00am
St James Shopping 9.00am – 2.00pm
Friday 25 October: BELFAST
Europa Bus Centre & Great Victoria Street Station 8.00am – 9.30am
City Hall 12.00noon – 2.30pm
Tesco Extra Knocknagoney Road 3.00pm – 4.30pm