Australians with low internet skills can often feel isolated from their community and family at a time in their lives when feeling connected is increasingly important.
The Be Connected Network is managed by Good Things Foundation and is part of the wider Be Connected initiative. Be Connected is an Australian government initiative committed to increasing the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians. Be Connected aims to empower everyone to use the internet and everyday technology to thrive in our digital world.
Through the Be Connected online resources, Australians can learn the basics of using digital devices and engaging with the internet, including:
- How to connect
- Staying safe online
- Talking to or seeing family and friends who live far away
- Keeping up to date with what’s happening in communities and around the world
- Shopping, banking and selling online, safely and securely
- Accessing government services online
- Watching movies, listening to music and reading books.
As a local Be Connected Network Partner, the Central Coast Community College is committed to digital inclusion and supporting older Australians bridge the digital divide. Through our Digital Connect program we deliver free digital literacy workshops, both face to face and online. Every Monday morning at 10:30am dozens of seniors across the coast join the college team for a 90 minute workshop and question answer session, run online via Zoom. If you would like more information or to register, see our website at cccc.nsw.edu.au/digital-connect.
Do you love helping your friends and family use the internet and digital technology? If so it sounds like you would make a great Digital Mentor!
A National Seniors Australia Report has shown that seniors who are thriving in the digital age make perfect teachers for those struggling in the online world. Through Digital Connect, the college trains and supports a wonderful team of Digital Mentors who are focussed on providing one-to-one assistance.
Our Free Digital Mentor course will help you develop the skills and confidence you need to support people one-to-one. You will learn about the language and techniques needed and the possible barriers that people who are new to digital technology and the internet can experience.
The course can be done over one day or in two x 3-hour sessions and either face to face at our Ourimbah campus or online vias Zoom.
We are currently accepting enrolments, so with limited spaces available, head to the Central Coast Community College website for more information or to enrol.
Stephen King Digital Connect Program Manager