#PJstories – Interview with Aleksandrs Klavins

Aleksandrs participated in the Training Course “Stay safe in cyber space” organized by PROJUVEN in Torremolinos, Spain

Hello Aleksandrs! Can you give us your opinion about the project “Stay safe in cyber space“?

In my opinion the expansion of social media creates new challenges for us as a community and we need to educate ourselves how to prevent it and defend ourselves against it. The project “Stay safe in cyber space” gave a good overview of matters associated with this topic, including legal, technical and social. Project was well-executed with a lot of different interactive activities. The organizers were great providing great information and assistance whenever necessary.

What are your tips on staying safe online?

First of all, I would suggest researching your digital footprint to understand what information is out there about you and think how it can be used against you. Secondly, you should not engage in any kind of aggressive conversation online or disclose your personal information to unknown people. Always check new contacts to see if they are real people and if your friends behave weird online or ask for money – double check with them on the phone, if that is really them.

 What is the most important thing you have learned during the training? How do you plan to share and use your knowledge?

I have acknowledged that there are a lot of people that are bullied or somehow offended online and this is a real issue, especially for kids. Not a lot of people know how to protect them though. I will disseminate the information through our social media accounts and use it in my further work with the youngsters from my own organization and other people.


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