Many older Australians are deterred from using the internet, despite our awareness of the convenience it offers in maintaining connection and managing daily life. Lack of knowledge, skills, confidence and security concerns are the main barriers.
To help older Australians get online confidently and securely we are working with The Good Things Foundation – a strategic partner who specialises in digital connection and education. The Office of the eSafety Commissioner and Good Things Foundation have developed the online learning program, Be Connected, which is funded by the Australian Government. This free learning program contains easy to follow modules on a range of topics aimed at getting older Australians connected digitally and enjoying all the benefits of that - like Skyping grandchildren, reading the news online, reaching out to old friends on Facebook, or writing their memoir.
For those who have access to a computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet device, know how to use email and have access to the internet. Sign up to the program at home or at your local library, and explore the topics that interest you at your own pace.
Important: remember to select National Seniors Australia as the support centre
For those who would like a little more help or prefer the social atmosphere of shared learning. Our network of community branches will be holding some 'bring your own device' learning sessions, and also holding some training workshops with devices provided. New events will be added to the events calendar as they're planned or contact your local branch to see if they are participating.