Residents in eight rural Southern Alberta communities had the opportunity to virtually attend an Internet safety presentation conducted by a Calgary Police Services crime prevention specialist, thanks to Alberta’s SuperNet.
Constable Macdonald discussed issues that both parents and children need to be aware of including Internet luring, cyber-bullying, chat room etiquette and safeguarding personal information.
“It’s important for Albertans to have access to the information they need to keep their families safe online no matter where they live in the province,” said Service Alberta Minister Heather Klimchuk. “Using Alberta’s SuperNet for this presentation allows families to hear advice and tips from experts in the field of Internet safety without leaving their home communities.”
“The Internet is a valuable resource for everyone, and it’s especially important to young
people as they enjoy interacting with others and expressing themselves in so many ways,”
Constable Macdonald added. “This online education session will be a wonderful opportunity to help parents keep up-to-date with their kids and help them have a safer, healthier and more positive online experience. Thanks to Alberta’s SuperNet, we are able to reach even more communities in Alberta with this important and helpful information.”
“How to keep their family safe while surfing the Internet is something all parents need to be aware of,” said Murray Sigler, President of Axia Canada. “Using Alberta’s SuperNet to deliver a live videocast to rural communities is a powerful example of how the network can make an important difference in the daily lives of Albertans. Axia is very pleased to be able to help educate families in Southern Alberta about the potential dangers online and how to safely avoid them.”
The videoconference sessions were hosted by libraries that are part of the RISE network, an innovative project that equipped 78 libraries with videoconference equipment, allowing people in 89 communities to gain new knowledge and skills through a wide range of librarybased programs and information sessions. The RISE Network (originally the Rural Information Services initiativE) is a project of Chinook Arch, Marigold and Shortgrass Library Systems.
Alberta’s SuperNet is the link that connects Albertans to each other and to the rest of the world. It is a state-of-the-art, ultra-high-speed network that connects more than 4,700
government facilities, including government offices, hospitals, schools, libraries, municipal offices and provincial courts around the Province of Alberta.
Internet Service Providers can also connect to the SuperNet and use the infrastructure to extend high-speed Internet
services into rural communities. Axia NetMedia Corporation enables government and service providers to connect Albertans across the province to Alberta’s SuperNet. Axia NetMedia Corporation sells Real Broadband™ and passive services on Next Generation
Networks that have implemented the Axia NGN Solution. The Axia NGN Solution has been implemented in Alberta, France and Singapore. Axia trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “AXX”.