Se­niorNet’s open­ing up

Central Leader - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

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.

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