Seniors offered the chance to become tech savvy

The Burdekin Shire Council is offering senior residents the chance to become tech savvy with a series of workshops.

Burdekin Library Services Manager John Scott said the training included courses on using computers, tablets and smart phones.

“Our Library is proud to provide free training to seniors and this particular course is aimed at those who are too afraid to use technology,” he said.

“The Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland Program is being funded by a partnership between the Queensland Government and Telstra and encourages older residents to embrace new technology.

“It will be delivered by TAFE Queensland North as part of its ongoing partnership with Burdekin Library.

“The object of the training is to increase digital inclusion, reduce social isolation, increase access to government information and services via the internet and improve awareness among seniors of online fraud and financial abuse.

“This course is designed to help older residents with online tasks such as shopping, banking, business, communication and recreation.

“It will give them the confidence to go online and know how to be safe while they are in the online space.”

The Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland Program training will be held at the Burdekin Library starting Wednesday, April 13, from 10am-2pm until August.

The topics include Introduction to Computers – Basic Guide; Introduction to the Internet Part 1; Introduction to Cyber Safety; and Introduction to Email – Part 1.

Contact the Burdekin Library on 4783 9970 to reserve your position as there are only 16 spaces available. Light refreshments will be available, but participants will need to bring their own lunch.

If you have any questions regarding the course please contact John Scott on 4783 9970.

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