SAVVY SENIORS: It's time to get connected with the help of the Telstra Tech-Savvy Seniors program.
SAVVY SENIORS: It's time to get connected with the help of the Telstra Tech-Savvy Seniors program. VickiYenPhoto

Learn how to get tech savvy and well connected online

IT'S time to learn how to connect using the latest technology to gain access to a whole new and interesting world.

Telstra are coming to the NSW Seniors Festival party with their Tech Savvy Seniors courses, offered in various regional and metro locations across the state.

Digital Ambassador and Tech Savvy Seniors training sessions will be held in selected regional NSW Libraries with locations, dates and booking details listed on the NSW Seniors Festival website.

Telstra are also encouraging Seniors during the festival to check into its NSW metro and regional Telstra stores to learn about Telstra services and get help with any online problems they are having.

The TSS program goal is to help seniors understand the internet and the newest in technology.

Telstra's general manager digital inclusion, Nancie-Lee Robinson, said the key barriers to seniors connecting is skills and confidence, and taking the first step.

"Our program is really geared towards helping seniors understand why technology is relevant to them and giving them a nudge, or support, towards them taking the first step," Ms Robinson said.

"The tech-savvy program was built on three principles; demonstrating the relevance, show me how to do what I want to do and keep it simple."

Participants learn how to use computers and phones before moving onto learning how to access online information and services so that they can improve social engagement, interaction and connection with friends, families and the broader community.

The beginner courses introduce seniors to the internet, android tablets and ipads.

From there the courses focus on understanding and managing internet access costs, learning about staying safe online before taking seniors through everything they need to know about email, smartphones, tablets, online shopping and banking and social media.

The next level up is where seniors learn how to share photos online and gain more in-depth knowledge about online banking and shopping.

Using hand-outs, videos and learning beside fellow seniors, the path to better knowledge can be smooth.

The Tech Savvy Seniors course are hands-on, jargon free, suitable for a complete beginner or for someone with basic knowledge and paced to suit the learning ability of each group.

Even better, there are no tests at the end of any of the courses.

Most of the courses offered by local centres and councils are free or low-cost to attend.

These courses really are all about helping seniors explore and become comfortable with the newest communication tools, and having fun in the process.

For course details, go to http://www.nswseniorsweek.com.au


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