Stepping into cyberspace

Older Australians are being offered the chance to switch on to digital technology.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, almost half of Australians aged 65 and over do not engage with digital technology and do not see it as relevant to their lives.

The Federal Government’s Be Connected program provides an opportunity to help bridge the digital divide.

Be Connected offers free, face-to-face and personalised coaching to help older Australians increase their digital skills, confidence and knowledge so they can participate and stay connected with family and friends in the modern digital world.

More than 900 community organisations have joined the Be Connected Network, including libraries, neighbourhood centres, community clubs and aged care facilities. These organisations can apply for grants to help them deliver training and support to older Australians. They also receive ongoing support from Good Things Foundation, the Be Connected Network Manager, including training and resources, information sharing, regular webinars and learning content.

The Be Connected website has information and interactive training tools to help older Australians so such things as:

  • Learn the basics of how to use a digital device.
  • Send emails.
  • Shop online.
  • Share holiday photos with family.  

Users can create tailored learning plans so they can progress at their own pace by themselves, or with a family member or friend.

To find a local Network Partner or for more information visit the Be Connected website here or call 1300 795 897.