Be Connected in the digital world
NEW today is a national movement led, by the Be Connected website for older Australians, which focuses on increasing their confidences, skills and online safety.
Be Connected is an initiative of the Australian government. It will be delivered through network partners which will act as local arm of Be Connected. The partners will offer in-person help and support to older Australians who are disengaged with digital technology.
It seems now every corner an older Australian turns there is another piece of technology to master and more requirements for them to go online to access their day-to-day information and support.
For those people who are not connected or aren't trained in how to use the internet to their advantage, they are likely to feel more and more isolated from the broader community.
"Be Connected aims to change this through a family and community centred approach by supporting community organisations that are committed to digital inclusion and supporting older Australians bridge the digital divide," the website states.
"Be Connected also supports families to mentor a relative or friend to help them be more connected online."
Be Connected is focused on empowering older Australians to use the internet and what is now everyday technology to thrive and survive in the digital world.
The online resources provide tools to learn the basics of using digital devices and engaging with the internet, including:
- being safer while online
- talking to or seeing family and friends who live far away
- finding new friends who share interests and hobbies
- connecting with old friends
- keeping up to date with what's happening in communities and around the world
- shopping and selling online, safely and securely.
The Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, also announced that over the next three years about $20 million in small grants will be available for community organisations that join the Be Connected network to deliver training and support.
"Community organisations that join the Be Connected Network will deliver free personalised face-to-face training and support to help older Australians engage with and embrace digital technology," Minister Porter said.
"I encourage older Australians who want to learn how to use digital technology confidently and safely, or who want to improve their current skills, to participate in the Be Connected program.
"Families, friends and community groups can also join the program to help older Australians realise the benefits of going online."
For more information on Be Connected, go to www.beconnected.esafety.gov.au