Internet lessons prove popular for seniors
THE Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre’s (WNC) senior broadband program has already given 11 senior citizens the chance to attend one-onone lessons about the internet, with all participants keen to learn more.
The senior broadband program is partially funded by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) with WNC funding the balance and hosting the learning at the centre.
The initiative aims to increase the confidence and skills of older Australians in their use of computers and the internet.
The program also addresses the isolation that older Australians experience in a technological age.
Tutor for the program Rebecca Woods said the senior broadband program was open to all people over 50 years of age regardless of their skill level.
“I have seniors that have never used the internet or know how they can use the internet in their everyday lives through to seniors that want to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 software,” Ms Woods said.
Lessons so far have covered topic such as email, processing photos and documents, accessing online accounts for updating information with organisations like the Australian Electoral Commission, web browsing and the use of social media sites such as Facebook.
“Many of the seniors have shown an interest in learning about Facebook and other social medias to connect with their families,” Ms Woods said.
“They are learning that it is a great way to share photos, keep up-to-date and generally interact with their families. I hope to offer Facebook and Skype as a group-based lesson soon.”
Seniors can choose to bring their own laptops or use the centre’s for their lessons.
The program is free and runs every Friday at the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre, Hazelwood Crescent, Cannonvale. To book a lesson or for more information call 4946 7850.
TECHNOLOGY TALKS: Janet Hayes and program tutor Rebecca Woods at the Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre's senior broadband program, which is teaching local residents over the age of 50 about a range of computer and internet-based programs.