Demystifying the digital universe

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John Westbury, from the Balnarring Bowls and Social Club, knows how important it is to be tech-savvy these days. As an older Australian, he has come across many stories about how life can become increasingly difficult when the digital world looms larger than life. Then there’s the scammers. 

The Federal Government’s Be Connected E Safety program offers free courses on all things ‘connected’ to the internet and the devices you use to log on to it. The Balnarring Bowls and Social Club ran a workshop on July 29 for older Australians on how to use laptops and desktop computers, android and Apple phones and tablets, and the safety issues that ensue. 

John explains: “We hope we might be able to run another one in 2019 and again next year, because many older Australians need help and reassurance when using these devices. The event ran from 10am until 2pm, with another hour devoted to any other questions or help attendees needed, and we provided a great free lunch, tea and coffee. People without devices sat next to those who did and helped each other. There were also a series of PowerPoint presentations. The event was an initiative between Bowls Australia and Be Connected and is important because if you don’t understand how to use these devices then you are left behind.”

There are also lots of people around the globe who like to take advantage of those who are less educated on the ways of the digital universe too.

If you know an older Australian who might need some help with understanding the ins and outs of cyber city and its tools, then log on to www.beconnected.esafety.gov.au to find out more about this pivotal program. Keep your eyes peeled for free Be Connected events closer to home too.

LIZ ROGERS


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