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Helping older Australians be connected

13 October 2017

As part of Stay Smart Online Week 2017, we are celebrating great new initiatives that are helping Australians be safe online. 

‘Be Connected’ is a new digital literacy program for older Australians to help them increase their online confidence, skills and safety.

Older Australians can use the program to learn the basics of how to connect online, including how to use a digital device, be safe online, send emails, use Facebook and other social media, shop online, share holiday photos with family, and much more.

Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative and features a website with information and interactive training tools and resources for older Australians, their families and peers, and local community organisations.

It also features free access to personalised, face-to-face coaching and support through the Be Connected Network—a large group of community organisations located across Australia such as libraries, neighbourhood centres, community clubs, retirement villages and services supporting older Australians.

By using a family and community-centred approach, the program will actively target people aged 50 years and over who have minimal or no engagement with digital technology, and those who want to improve their existing skills.

If you know someone who could benefit from a little digital help, make sure you let them know about the program and all the resources available.

For more information, go to the Be Connected website.