Make Smart and Safe Use of Technology with Rogers Tech Essentials

Rogers Tech Essentials

As a parent, how do you go at understanding what your children do online ? How can you preserve their online safety? How do you learn more to walk this journey with your children?


Rogers has recently launched Tech Essentials™, a new (free!) program to give Canadians the tools they need to make smarter and safer use of technology. It includes a specific section of tech savvy tips for parents and we worked with non-profit organizations like MediaSmarts and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection to promote safe technology use.

Tech Essentials™ is a program that includes a website available to all Canadians with free information on topics ranging from how roaming works to managing children’s online usage to staying safe online. The program also includes an online and in-store ‘Ask the Expert’ series, and will extend to Community Education sessions in the coming year.

Tech Essentials™ was also parent-tested and has earned the PTPA seal of approval.

Canadians are among the highest adopters of technology in the world and among them, our children are early users of our smartphones, tablets and of course, the Internet. However a new survey released recently reveals that Canadians vastly overestimate their tech savviness and are eager to improve their knowledge.

According to this survey:

  • 60 per cent of Canadians gave themselves a “B” grade or higher for overall tech savviness
  • Only 4% actually earned a B when tested!

When asked questions on online security, data usage and roaming:

  • 64 per cent answered most online security questions incorrectly
  • 60 per cent were stumped by data usage questions
  • 47 per cent didn’t understand roaming

 Do you consider yourself internet savvy enough to make sure your kids are safe online? Let us know in the comments below!


 

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