Seniors learn how to use email and social media

SENIORS will continue to have free access to computers and internet training to ensure they are not left behind in the digital age, with a $1.3 million Federal Government investment.

The Federal Government has invested $1.3 million to assist more than 97,000 older Australians continue building their digital skills under the Broadband for Seniors programme, Page MP Kevin Hogan said.

With the program, older people in the Northern Rivers will be able to learn important online skills including how to send emails, be cyber safe and use social media to stay in touch with friends and family.

"Everyone should have the opportunity to build confidence and skills using the computer and the internet," Mr Hogan said.

"This funding demonstrates the Government's commitment to ensuring older people in the Clarence Valley and Northern Rivers don't get left behind in the digital age." 

There are around 1600 Broadband for Seniors kiosks across Australia, set up in facilities such as community centres, libraries, clubs and aged care homes, Mr Hogan said.

"Volunteer tutors provide one-on-one or small group training covering topics such as how to send emails, be cyber safe and use social media in a supportive and welcoming environment," he said.

"Broadband for Seniors provides support to help older Australians feel confident using technology."



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