Oldies learn e-smarts

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

TIME stops for no one but if you are 50 years or older you can learn to get with it and go global on the in­ter­net, ac­cord­ing to Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre com­puter co-or­di­na­tor Sally Green.

The cen­tre has rebooted its pop­u­lar com­puter classes for se­niors af­ter huge de­mand from those in the age cat­e­gory who have time to learn com­put­ing or up­date ex­ist­ing skills.

“We have two vol­un­teer tu­tors Jan­ice Paget and Naomi An­der­son who help peo­ple learn about the com­puter and some of the more pop­u­lar pro­grams such as us­ing Skype which al­lows peo­ple to talk to friends and fam­ily any­where in the world for free,” Ms Green said.

If you are in­ter­ested in gain­ing or up­grad­ing your skills, the pro­gram is on Mon­days from 1pm un­til 3pm and Fri­days from 9am un­til 11am.

The cen­tre has two kiosks avail­able for use for Broad­band For Se­niors mem­bers.

“Peo­ple come to us with a range of com­puter queries and from that we help them with up­load­ing pho­tos and us­ing USB sticks and a num­ber of other tools and pro­grams,” Ms Green said.

“Peo­ple in the course are also wel­come to bring in their own lap­tops as it of­ten helps them to learn as they are al­ready fa­mil­iar with their own ma­chine which can then help them nav­i­gate their way around our com­put­ers.”

The aim of the course aims to pro­vide older peo­ple with ac­cess to com­put­ers and the in­ter­net free of charge, and to sup­port se­niors gain con­fi­dence and build skills in us­ing new tech­nol­ogy.

If you want fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the scheme it can be found at www.nec­se­niors. net. au/ AboutBFS/ tabid/79/De­fault.aspx.

Learn­ing new skills: Jan­ice Paget helps Chris Leigh with us­ing the mouse while Naomi An­der­son helps Robyn Par­sons on the key­board

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