Please Help Me Understand BitCoins

Nice forum. I am actually looking for some help understanding BitCoins.

If anyone has any advice or suggested reading for a novice such as myself it would be greatly appreciated! Where do you buy them? Where do you keep them? How much is a BitCoin worth? Are they safe to buy/use? I would love to have a better understanding of the whole BitCoin scene so I can share my new found understanding with my friends at I get asked questions about BitCoins all the time and have to tell them I don’t understand how they work enough to answer. Help?

Thanks in advance!

I’m not sure this is the best forum to be asking your question. You may not get any response but there are very many resources referencing the topic out there on the net.