SeniorNet’s opening up
Senior citizens are being encouraged to cross the digital divide with computing courses aimed at people over-50.
Classes at SeniorNet Auckland are led by older people who teach a range of skills including emailing, photo editing, word processing and surfing the web.
Tutor Dawn Whiteman says people often start from scratch and work their way up to the more technical stuff.
‘‘If they haven’t used a computer before, there are a lot of hurdles to overcome.
‘‘It can take ages to even learn how to manage a mouse,’’ she says.
Other learners may have used a computer at their jobs, but have limited knowledge of how they work.
The learning centre works hard to stay abreast of changes in technology and even offers lessons for iPad users.
SeniorNet Auckland is part of a national network of 80 learning centres that have been operating since 1992. It has more than 130 members aged from 50 to 92.
To engage more people SeniorNet is holding an open day on Saturday at the Onehunga RSA.
‘‘We are opening up to the public because we haven’t done it to any great extent before,’’ chairman Neville Lane says.